AHCA Board Chair Neil Pruitt, Jr. Named to Long-Term Care Commission
New Congressionally-mandated panel has “much work to do, and we’re ready to help,” says Parkinson
Washington, DC – AHCA Board of Governors Chairman Neil L. Pruitt, Jr. was named today to serve on the newly-created Commission on Long-Term Care. The chairman and CEO of the one of the nation's largest providers of post-acute and long term care, Pruitt was selected by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY).
“I am humbled and honored by this selection," said Pruitt, Chairman and CEO of UHS-Pruitt Corporation. "I've seen firsthand how post-acute care has evolved through the years and become a vital partner in the long term care continuum. But we've never lost sight that it all hinges on quality. We have an opportunity with this Commission to reach new pinnacles in caring for our nation's seniors, and that means also finding ways to keep Medicare and Medicaid financially sound. I’m excited at the prospect for real progress, and look forward to working with my fellow commissioners.”
“I commend Sen. McConnell and leaders in the House and Senate on their selections," said Gov. Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association. “Each of these individuals brings a unique perspective to a challenge that promises only to grow in complexity and costs unless we as a nation get serious about workable solutions. This panel has much work to do, and we stand ready to help Neil and every Commission member with this important charge.”
Created by the American Tax Relief Act of 2012 as a result of the fiscal cliff negotiations, the 15-member Commission is chartered with developing a plan to establish, finance and properly implement a high-quality system that ensures the availability of long term services for seniors and persons with disabilities.
Specifically, the Commission has six months to address challenges facing the long term care workforce as well as the present demands on the profession, including:
- The role of Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance and their interaction;
- Improvements in existing programs necessary to ensure the continued availability of long term services and supports;
- Proper training and development of the workforce to ensure quality care;
- Gaps in federal and state structures that prevent the delivery of these services.
A full bio of Mr. Pruitt is can be found here.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 11,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.