AHCA Members Meet with HHS Secretary Price to Discuss Maintaining Access to Quality Long Term Care
Washington, D.C. – Last Monday, American Health Care
Association (AHCA) President and CEO Mark Parkinson joined association members
to meet with the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price, M.D.,
to discuss challenges the long term care profession faces as the nation’s
population ages and the importance of maintaining access to quality long term
AHCA members discussed with
Secretary Price the need for responsible regulation that supports and
incentivizes quality improvement. Recent regulatory changes impose both
redundant and unnecessary stipulations on providers and are not focused on
improving care at the bedside. AHCA members specifically noted that some of the
practices detailed in the Requirements of Participation, which the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued last October, interfere with
person-centered care and day-to-day operations.
“We commend Secretary Price’s
efforts to work with us to empower our members to achieve our goal of providing
quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities,” said Parkinson.
“AHCA will continue to advocate for responsible regulation that advances our
mission of improving lives by delivering solutions for quality care.”
Price and AHCA members also discussed significant improvements in key quality
measures across the long term care profession. In 2012, the Association
launched its Quality Initiative, which challenges providers to improve key
quality performance measures. Since the Initiative’s inception, member
providers have successfully prevented more than 79,000 individuals from
returning to the hospital within 30 days of their skilled nursing center stay and
have reached or surpassed a nationwide goal in safely reducing antipsychotic
usage by at least 30 percent.
in attendance at the meeting with Secretary Price included Tom Coble, Chair of
AHCA Board of Governors, and President and CEO of Elmbrook Management Company;
Bob Hagan, President of Sterling Healthcare, Inc.; Neil Pruitt, Jr., Chairman
and CEO of PruittHealth.
Pruitt, Jr., Mike Cheek, Bob Hagan, Secretary Tom Price, Tom Coble, Mark
Parkinson, and Dr. David Gifford
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 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.