AHCA serves to be the voice of its more than 12,000-strong membership in Washington, D.C., but we also know that simple talk is not enough. We understand that the skilled nursing profession needs policies that protect our residents’ access to important programs like Medicare and Medicaid. We know that simply cutting these programs and finding political patches is not sustainable. With the knowledge of long term and post-acute care professionals, guidance from leadership, and feedback from our tens of thousands of direct caregivers, AHCA is offering solutions to Congress that can advance this profession and further enhance the lives of our residents.
Ranging from legislative bills to innovative new programs, AHCA and its members strive to improve lives by delivering solutions for quality care.
We are consistently improving.
- From 2008 to 2013, direct care nursing hours per resident day have increased at all levels of nursing staff.
- The proportion of skilled nursing care centers receiving Five Stars has increased from 11.8 percent in 2009 to 19.6 percent in 2013.
- From 2009 to 2013, the average number of deficiency citations per center went down and the percent of deficiency-free surveys went up.
(Source: 2013 AHCA Quality Report)
We are committed to high quality care.
We are an economic driver.
- Long term care facilities are the 10th largest employer in the United States.
- Nursing and Residential Care centers employ an estimated 3.2 million Americans.
- The profession contributes $529 billion to the economy, or 3.7% of GDP.
(Source: Economic Impact of Long Term Care Facilities, 2011)