Latest News from AHCA/NCAL

  • Rod Burkett Named a Pioneer in Senior Living
    Rod Burkett – co-founder and CEO of Gardant Management Solutions in Illinois – was today named the 2022 recipient of the Jan Thayer Pioneer Award by the National Center for Assisted Living.
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  • AHCA Statement on Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Final Rule
    AHCA released a statement in response to the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System fiscal year 2023 final rule released by CMS.
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  • Report: Increasing Nursing Home Staffing Minimums Estimated at $10 Billion Annually
    AHCA released a new report from accounting and consulting firm CLA which found that increasing staffing minimums at the federal level will require billions of dollars each year to hire tens of thousands of more caregivers.
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  • Historic Staffing Shortages Continue To Force Nursing Homes To Limit New Admissions, Creating Bottlenecks at Hospitals and Reducing Access To Care For Seniors
    Nursing homes are facing a historic workforce crisis brought on by the pandemic.
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  • CDC Program Expands Free COVID-19 Testing to Assisted Living
    Assisted living centers now have access to free COVID-19 testing for their staff and residents through December 31, 2022.
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  • AHCA/NCAL Endorses Introduction of Travel Nursing Agency Transparency Study Act
    Recently, Reps. Greg Murphy, MD (R-NC-03) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD (R-IA-02) introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives the Travel Nursing Agency Transparency Study Act.
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  • Data Submission for AHRQ SOPS® Nursing Home Survey Now Open
    ​​The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has developed a voluntary Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture​.
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  • Register for the Basics of Effective COVID Infection Prevention Course
    ahcancalED offers a 50-minute training on the basics of effective infection prevention and control suitable for all levels of staff members in skilled nursing, assisted living, and ID/DD facilities.
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Provider Hosts Careers in Aging Week Virtual Roundtablehttps://www.providermagazine.com/Breaking-News/Pages/Provider-Hosts-Careers-in-Aging-Week-Virtual-Roundtable.aspxProvider Hosts Careers in Aging Week Virtual Roundtable4/22/2022 4:00:00 AM<p>​In honor of the 2022 Careers in Aging Week, <em>Provider</em> hosted a virtual roundtable with four long term and post-acute care professionals willing to share their stories. Careers in Aging Week is dedicated to bringing greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in long term care and aging services, and to celebrate current employees in the profession. </p><p>The demand for professionals with expertise in long term care is growing rapidly. The U.S. will need between 5.7 million and 6.5 million nurses, nurse aides, home health, and personal care workers to care for the 27 million Americans who will require long term care by 2050.​</p><p><br></p><p></p><center> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YV13zVVmWWU?enablejsapi=1&origin=https://www.providermagazine.com" title="YouTube video player" allowfullscreen="" data-gtm-yt-inspected-32388671_20="true" id="335950965" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0">&amp;amp;amp;lt;/center&amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe> <br> <p></p><p> <em><br></em></p><p style="text-align:left;"><em>Provider</em> Virtual Roundtable Participants:</p><ul style="text-align:left;"><li><p>Gerald Bishop, Chef Manager at Forest Hills of DC</p></li></ul><ul style="text-align:left;"><li><p>Chrissy Davis, Unit Manager at Sayre Christian Village</p></li><li><p>Amanda Woods, Activities Director at Coffey Health</p></li><li><p>Mary Watkins, Director Of Nursing at Wolfe County Health and Rehab</p></li></ul><p style="text-align:left;">Join <em>Provider</em> in sharing our appreciation for all long term and post-acute care professionals all year long.</p></center>
AHCA/NCAL Highlights Growing Nursing Home Closureshttps://www.providermagazine.com/Breaking-News/Pages/AHCA-NCAL-Highlights-Growing-Nursing-Home-Closures.aspxAHCA/NCAL Highlights Growing Nursing Home Closures4/22/2022 4:00:00 AM<p>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) released a new <a href="http://links.ahca.org/u/click?_t=3abc5280edfa42b5905fbea7c0fff5c2&_m=72f86f1cf85343bbaf655561ff82595d&_e=CR2MmBSPcgZoBH6XmtCso3eChp7RSqlViRQtyEXR_6kmsRZ6CHsqrbSX0FyJLrEuuydjE9EKuCLpBFucxFGs844Azadq-kPoqejcPeonxz7qZ6gsM2fYss5_giaQFFqUJfNS9rBpoS2pc0FY47UKTzgY0ePrIDh6yXlVvxZqCkyropXMvBhOTjr1vP_BSpSvlf0OsrLjFruyl3Fk6x5K6zZopZudOWTRjTwT0xajQopKNbYGVMw4iFcxbL6AeNWuTe7Q71LGGVZi8lKrn7v1WT0VFr0PQ0dydUujTLHmILovkCXCIcIVL7mxGy_TuqwhAbrHJTNMGgDUvh3kuukvofGrJzVQ9n92v1_UyXE0Afs%3D" target="_blank">report</a> today highlighting data that shows the growing number of nursing home closures since 2015, as well as projected closings in the months ahead. The report reinforces urgent calls for solutions to address the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a historic workforce crisis. </p><p>Key findings from the report include:</p><ul><li><p>More than 1,000 nursing homes have closed since 2015, including 776 closures before the pandemic and 327 closures during the pandemic.</p></li><li><p>Since 2015, nearly 45,000 nursing home residents have been displaced due to closures.</p></li><li><p>More than 400 nursing homes are projected to close in 2022 based on current financials.</p></li></ul><p>Analyzing federal data, the AHCA/NCAL report found nursing homes that close tend to be smaller facilities in urban settings where the majority of residents rely on Medicaid. During the pandemic, nearly half of nursing homes that closed received 4 or 5-Star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), more than one-quarter were in rural communities, and an increasing proportion were not-for-profit.</p><p>Federal policymakers are considering potential cuts to nursing homes in 2022, such as a reduction to Medicare payments and ending the public health emergency (PHE), which offers enhanced Medicaid funding. The report also includes highlights from a recent <a href="http://links.ahca.org/u/click?_t=3abc5280edfa42b5905fbea7c0fff5c2&_m=72f86f1cf85343bbaf655561ff82595d&_e=CR2MmBSPcgZoBH6XmtCso3eChp7RSqlViRQtyEXR_6kmsRZ6CHsqrbSX0FyJLrEuuydjE9EKuCLpBFucxFGs844Azadq-kPoqejcPeonxz5ibPyeCqNUhpdeMPT2KyLcpQeezg9ZWyigH9bpS-MLreZxSaUrsomWHBGomK69_Pxxn1-8303wr0TPKYvQ3pJYpr7GHnyp069yQLMIAvkMkQ75mEGp9PyAVi6cawsg65rcCjxi8EJVXtAFLcHR0v8QOPLJJ1p_o5mz0MNJYVyqzsI-7VSsQrNKaZWqlQGeRQU4wVMIeCDzsRyMgKk4PzLbyY06Y111E4XW9-8mUVM_oDmwJilyiMLdXDHKGgsxR0r9dk185Uq32LfoolHl57OdExt-zYcei3Q0WI8O8Za3fA%3D%3D" target="_blank">financial study</a> conducted by CLA (CliftonLarsenAllen), which forecasts what these cuts would mean for nursing homes, their residents, and their communities. </p><p>CLA projects that if Medicare is cut by five percent and Medicaid PHE funding ends in 2022:</p><ul><li><p>33-38 percent of nursing homes would be considered at financial risk.</p></li><li><p>32-40 percent of residents (as many as 417,000 residents) would be living in nursing homes considered at financial risk.</p></li><li><p>68 percent of U.S. counties would be home to nursing homes considered at financial risk. </p></li></ul><p>The pandemic has exacerbated longstanding financial and workforce challenges facing the long term care industry, pushing many facilities to the brink of closure. Nursing homes will continue to struggle and close for good unless policymakers prioritize long term care for meaningful resources and support. </p><p>“Every closure is like a family being broken apart, with the lives of residents, staff and their families impacted in the process,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “With hundreds of nursing home closures looming now and thousands more anticipated if government funding is cut, state and federal policymakers need to step up to support our social safety net. We need to do better than just keep nursing home doors open—we need to make significant investments to better support our frontline caregivers and transform facilities for a growing elderly population.”</p><p>The full Nursing Home Closures report is available <a href="http://links.ahca.org/u/click?_t=3abc5280edfa42b5905fbea7c0fff5c2&_m=72f86f1cf85343bbaf655561ff82595d&_e=CR2MmBSPcgZoBH6XmtCso3eChp7RSqlViRQtyEXR_6kmsRZ6CHsqrbSX0FyJLrEuuydjE9EKuCLpBFucxFGs844Azadq-kPoqejcPeonxz7qZ6gsM2fYss5_giaQFFqUJfNS9rBpoS2pc0FY47UKT7AhSIuVPz92C17hKJy5pkKDFo9A0BVyStYALRZnvwwFksOVim4DLS-AXIo6v27mTN5tta377x1Oq7QjJohf6F1B1hdXWw-QHapDqus7dJ6h6AJW1CI1y8zUcGQKVAS1BI9lCJqOfWh37LHXe701qd20Rbayrhs4DyMeQqiaemXdmlJNWwGVTtsNioZtVtIwTqkmcPD0Rn-CxvvRikahR8Y%3D" target="_blank">HERE</a>.</p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://ahcancal.org/" target="_blank"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/ahca_ncal_cobrand.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:33px;" /></a><br></p>
VOTE NOW! AHCA Documentary Honored as Telly Award Finalisthttps://www.providermagazine.com/Breaking-News/Pages/AHCA-Documentary-Honored-as-Telly-Award-Finalist.aspxVOTE NOW! AHCA Documentary Honored as Telly Award Finalist4/13/2022 4:00:00 AM<p><span style="font-size:11pt;">AHCA’s documentary, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtK_RIIyMpA&t=2s" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">“Closed Doors, Open Hearts: Nursing Homes and COVID-19”</a> has been shortlisted as part of the 43rd Annual People’s Telly Awards! We need your help as the film moves to the next round. <br></span><span style="font-size:11pt;"><br><strong>Please visit the </strong><a href="https://peoples.tellyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2022/peoples-telly/general/social-video/closed-doors-open-hearts-nursing-homes-and-covid-19" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank"><strong>Telly Awards webpage</strong></a><strong> and vote for the documentary by rating it five stars.</strong> Please note that you will need to register your email address and create a password. Once you have rated the film, you will also need to confirm your vote via an email sent from the program.<br></span><span style="font-size:11pt;"><br><strong>Voting closes on Friday, April 22, so please vote today. Feel free to share this information with staff, residents, families, and anyone else who may also be able to vote.   </strong><br></span><span style="font-size:11pt;"><br>Moving to this stage of the Telly Awards is a big honor. This program showcases the best work created within television and across video. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, Telly Award <a href="https://www.tellyawards.com/winners/2021/branded-content/campaign-animation" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">winners</a> represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies, and publishers from around the world. <br></span><span style="font-size:11pt;"><br>​​Produced in 2021, AHCA’s documentary provides an inside look at how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted nursing home residents, staff, and families – and honors those heroes who continued to serve through the most challenging times. <br></span></p><p><br><span style="font-size:11pt;"></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://ahcancal.org/" target="_blank"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/ahca_ncal_cobrand.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:36px;" /></a>​</p>
Statement on Medicare Advantage and Part D Advance Notice Fact Sheethttps://www.providermagazine.com/Breaking-News/Pages/Statement-on-Medicare-Advantage-and-Part-D-Advance-Notice-Fact-Sheet.aspxStatement on Medicare Advantage and Part D Advance Notice Fact Sheet3/25/2022 4:00:00 AM<p>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) have released the following statement in regards to CMS’ release of the Medicare Advantage and Part D Advance Notice <a href="https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/2023-medicare-advantage-and-part-d-advance-notice-fact-sheet" target="_blank">Fact Sheet</a>. The following statement is attributable to AHCA/NCAL:</p><p>“AHCA/NCAL appreciates CMS’ recognition and support of provider-led initiatives. Provider-led Medicare Advantage (MA) Special Needs Plans (I-SNPs) are essential tools in allowing providers to meaningfully participate in the full care experience of their residents and patients. Provider-led I-SNPs account for 36 percent of all I-SNP plans, and they provide residents and patients on-site enhanced primary care and help prevent hospitalizations, resulting in higher quality care, as well as improved patient outcomes and satisfaction.</p><p>Forty percent of all long term care plans serve rural populations. Through MA plans, patients have access to enhanced primary care in these underserved areas. We encourage CMS to take steps to expand beneficiary access to locally committed, specialized plans that meet the unique needs of a medically frail population.”</p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.ahcancal.org/" target="_blank"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/ahca_ncal_cobrand.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:30px;" /></a><br></p>



National Assisted Living Weekhttps://www.ahcancal.org/Education-Events/Lists/EventCalendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=1743National Assisted Living WeekObservance9/11/2022 12:00:00 AMUnited States9/17/2022 11:59:00 PMhttp://www.nalw.orgTrueFalse
AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expohttps://www.ahcancal.org/Education-Events/Lists/EventCalendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=1744AHCA/NCAL Convention & ExpoAHCA/NCAL Conference10/9/2022 12:00:00 AMNashville, TN10/12/2022 11:59:00 PMhttps://www.eventscribe.net/2022/AHCA/TrueTrue