AHCA Testifies in Observation Stays Senate Aging Committee Hearing
ACHA/NCAL participated in a hearing before the Senate Special Committee on Aging. The hearing, titled Admitted or Not? The Impact of Medicare Observation Status on Seniors, featured ACHA member Bob Armstrong, Vice President of Elder Care Services for St. Mary's Health System in Lewiston, Maine. As a long term care administrator for over 29 years, Mr. Armstrong spoke about the impact the observation stays issue has had on residents and their families. Hospital stays classified as observation, no matter how long and no matter the type or number of services provided, are considered outpatient. These hospital stays do not qualify patients for Medicare-covered care in a skilled nursing center.
Your Elected Officials Need to Hear from You!
The 113th Congress is full of challenges to tackle and now it is as necessary for the voice of long term care to be heard. Members of Congress value their constituents’ opinions and it is critical that we offer them the opportunity to see first-hand the quality care that we provide.
We encourage you to reach out to your Member of Congress and invite them to tour your facility.
AHCA/NCAL staff stands ready to help you schedule these tours and provide you with valuable resources. Please contact Matt Smyth or Michael Cowden for additional details and materials.
Host a Facility Tour
Curious about hosting a Member of Congress at your facility? We have tips and tools available to help you. Check out our “How To” Guide
to Facility Tours for Elected Officials for tips on best practices including a sample agenda, invitations, and thank you letters.
Attend a Town Hall Meeting
While Members of Congress are at home for district work periods, many will host town hall meetings with their constituents. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your elected officials, share your story, and advocate against additional cuts to skilled nursing facilities. For a schedule of town hall meetings in your area, please contact Michael Cowden