AHCA Highlights Need to Prioritize Long Term Care Residents and Staff

August 26, 2021 by Provider Long Term & Post-Acute Care

​The American Health Care Association (AHCA) has released “Why It’s Time To Transform Nursing Homes,” a short-length documentary about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on long term care and the urgent need for reform.

“Nursing homes have been at the epicenter of the global health crisis since the very beginning due to this vicious virus,” said AHCA President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Parkinson.

“This documentary illustrates how the pandemic has exacerbated longstanding issues within the industry, including chronic Medicaid underfunding and workforce challenges,” he said. “Without strategic, swift action from policymakers, the crises we face will continue and vulnerable seniors will be at risk of losing the care they need.”

The documentary features AHCA leaders and long term care providers, including Parkinson, AHCA Chief Medical Officer David Gifford, MD, Health Management CEO Debbie Meade, and Marquis Companies President and CEO Phil Fogg, who discuss how public health officials failed to support nursing homes at the outset of the pandemic, limiting their ability to access critical resources.

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