This year, we set the bar even higher. The Board has set goals and priorities that will continue to improve lives and deliver solutions for the patients, residents and families we serve.
As we look to the year ahead, we remain steadfast and committed to providing quality long term and post-acute care.
AHCA/NCAL President & CEO
AHCA/NCAL is the nation's leading association representing long term and post-acute care centers. Since 2010, AHCA/NCAL membership has steadily grown from 11,247 to 13,127 facilities, an increase of nearly 17 percent.
Total Number of Facilities
AHCA/NCAL'S elected and appointed leadership consistently works to prepare the association for new challenges. Each board member brings unique expertise and a strong commitment to the long term and post-acute care profession.
We made an impact
The Quality Initiative continues to provide specific, measurable targets for members to improve the quality of care in America's skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities.
In 2015, the Association expanded its Initiative to include measurable targets in eight key areas.
Improve organizational success by
TARGET: Decrease turnover rates among nursing staff (RN, LPN/LVN, CNA/LNA) by 15% or achieve/ maintain at or less than 40% by March 2018.
TARGET: At least 25% of members will measure and report long-stay resident and family satisfaction and/or short-stay satisfaction using the Core-Q survey.
TARGET: Reduce the number of unintended health care outcomes by March 2018.
Improve short-stay/post-acute care by
TARGET: Safely reduce the number of hospital readmissions within 30 days during a skilled nursing center stay by an additional 15% or achieve and maintain a low rate of 10% by March 2018
TARGET: Improve discharge back to the community by 10% or achieve and maintain a high rate of at least 70% by March 2018.
TARGET: 25% of members will adopt the use of the mobility and self-care sections of the CARE tool and report functional outcome measures using LTC Trend Tracker.
Improve long-term/dementia care by
TARGET: Safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics in long-stay nursing center residents by an additional 10% by Dec. 2015; 15% by Dec. 2016.
TARGET: Safely reduce hospitalizations among long-stay residents by 15% or achieve/ maintain a low rate of 10% or less by March 2018.
Since the launch of the Quality Initiative in 2012, long term and post-acute care providers have made significant improvements in quality:
The AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Recipients have better performance than other centers nationwide on their overall, staffing and quality measures.
AHCA remains steadfast in assisting skilled nursing centers in continuing to improve the quality of care provided to residents. Every day, 1.4 million CNAs work tirelessly yet proudly to care for millions of Americans who enter through our center doors.
Provider is the leading magazine for long term and post-acute care professionals. Provider's sole focus is to bring concrete tools, knowledge, experience and resources directly to the people who make care centers run.
Our content defines leadership, shapes the sector and has a direct impact on elevating the quality and care delivered throughout the profession.
In 2015, attendees at AHCA/NCAL events heard from distinguished presenters who spoke about delivering world-class leadership, the importance of innovation and achieving new milestones.
This year, we created a solution to bridge the education gap.
ahcancalED is a comprehensive online Learning Management System (LMS). The resource supports AHCA/NCAL members who do not have elaborate education departments or time to develop the newest in-service training.
ahcancalED is available free to members and includes:
The Hill recognized AHCA President and CEO, Mark Parkinson, in its annual Top Lobbyists list for the Association's work in getting the doc fix legislation passed.
Every year, Modern Healthcare magazine selects the top 100 most influential in health care from thousands of leaders nationwide. This year, the editorial and selection committee named Mark Parkinson as among its slate for the most impactful in this field.
The Washington Post named AHCA/NCAL the 16th top small workplace in Washington, DC and # 1 among trade associations in its Top Workplaces for 2015. The Top Workplaces program is designed to recognize organizations with greater than 50 employees who aspire to out-perform their peer groups in key areas of employment and employee satisfaction.
In March, Congress permanently repealed Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula – the method to reimburse doctors for the care they give under the Medicare program. Enactment of this law was a signature win for the Association and its members, patients and residents; bringing much-needed stability to the sector.
Engaging Capitol Hill
(L-R) Len Russ, Immediate Past AHCA Chair, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO.
Amplifying key messages
Political Action Committee delivers strong results
In today’s litigious environment, skilled nursing and assisted living centers are easy targets for lawsuits.
AHCA/NCAL developed a Professional Liability Toolkit to offer guidance for reducing risk and avoiding litigation, as well as approaches for responding to negative attorney advertising.
Care Conversations - an initiative of the Public Education and Communications Committee - is a site that educates residents and families on the long term care profession and quality care options. Care Conversations has become a trusted resource for families and professionals alike.
New This Year
Care Conversations launched an email for AHCA members and long term care professionals sharing educational resources for residents and families. Over 4,000 people have signed up to receive these updates.
2015 marked the second full year of dedicated therapy advocacy staffing and member advisory group initiatives.
Legislation – MACRA Act
In 2015, AHCA advanced a viable, proactive and comprehensive vision for payment reform. We vetted the plan with membership, seeking feedback and ensuring all voices were heard.
We held meetings with key Congressional and Administration leaders to build a strong external support. Working closely with our members, AHCA will continue to move the Payment Reform initiative forward in 2016.
LTC Trend Tracker is an online tool available to all AHCA members as part of their membership. Members can access performance reports to help track, organize and compare clinical, quality and financial operations data over time.