Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today gathered more than 400 long term and post-acute care professionals at its annual Congressional Briefing event to take the profession’s legislative priorities to Capitol Hill.
“The only message stronger than the unity of a hundred voices is the unity of a hundred actions,” said AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson. “Our members rose to the occasion today and are out knocking on the doors of Congress to directly share with our elected leaders the issues that affect the profession.”
This year, AHCA/NCAL members will discuss several key issues with their Members of Congress. In addition to sharing their experiences in the profession, Congressional Briefing attendees will make legislative asks on particular hot-button topics for the long term and post-acute care sector, including:
- The “Doc Fix” and Therapy Extension;
- Bad Debt;
- Observation Stays;
- Medicaid Provider Assessments; and
- Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services
Coming off of years of cuts and funding reductions, AHCA/NCAL is leading an effort to develop proactive solutions to issues that face this important health care delivery system. Through programs such as the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative
, the Association is challenging its membership to raise the bar on standards of care. AHCA/NCAL is also providing potential legislative solutions, such as the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013 (H.R. 1179/S. 569), which aims to correct the observation stay loophole
“Finding solutions is not something that is conquered overnight,” said NCAL Executive Director David Kyllo. “Though we’re only on the Hill for one day, our membership has long stood strong in its conviction for advocacy. Today is just a glimpse into the dedication and commitment of the long term and post-acute care community.”
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental 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.