AHCA/NCAL Sends Letter to Biden Administration Over Staffing Requirement
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCANCAL) sent a letter to President Biden outlining specific quality improvement solutions the Biden Administration can implement that would help continue to improve resident care in nursing homes. The association argues that the policies would do more to advance quality care compared to a federal minimum staffing requirement, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is expected to issue this year.
In the letter, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson offers four policy proposals that would provide meaningful ways to improve quality care in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The proposals include:
- Publicly Report Customer Satisfaction
- Build the Long-Term Care Workforce
- Improve the Special Focus Facility Program
- Enhance CMS’ SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program
The proposals outlined complement AHCA/NCAL’s comprehensive reform package, the Care For Our Seniors Act, which the association released more than two years ago to provide actionable solutions to improve quality care for the nation’s most vulnerable population.