AHCA/NCAL Sends Letter To Federal Trade Commission On Staff Agency Price Gouging

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) recently sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Lina Khan, requesting assistance with an anticompetitive practice with direct care staffing agencies.

In the letter, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred an unprecedented workforce crisis within the long term care sector. Providers are doing all that they can to hire and recruit workers, including sign-on bonuses, wage increases and referral bonuses. Amid these circumstances, direct care staffing agencies are charging exorbitant prices to long term care facilities that need workers. 

AHCA/NCAL requests that the FTC use its authority to investigate this price gouging and take appropriate action to protect long term care facilities. Read the full letter here.