March 2020
Mar 9, 2020

AHCA/NCAL issued guidance to nursing homes and assisted living communities to limit all non-essential visits and screen essential personnel.

Mar 10, 2020

In a CNN interview, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson called on the Centers for Disease Control to provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing for long term care communities in response to COVID-19, which he called “a perfect killing machine.”

Mar 13, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to nursing homes on the restriction of nonessential medical staff and all visitors except in limited situations. AHCA/NCAL applauded this step by the federal government.

Mar 28, 2020

AHCA/NCAL warned states to avoid directing nursing homes to accept all hospital patients who have not been tested for COVID-19, or without offering proper support to nursing homes with resources, such as PPE.

Mar 31, 2020

AHCA/NCAL called for increased support for long term care staffers who were taking bold steps to care for their residents.

April 2020
Apr 10, 2020

Mark Parkinson conducted an interview on CNN, calling again for resources, saying “We are still fighting this incredible battle with two hands tied behind our back. On one hand is the lack of equipment…and the second hand tied behind our back is a lack of testing.”

Apr 11, 2020

AHCA/NCAL issued guidance to nursing homes and assisted living communities on reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 to state officials as well as residents, family members and staff.

Apr 20, 2020

More than a month after AHCA/NCAL’s initial call for increased testing, Mark Parkinson was quoted by the Associated Press on testing needs.

“The country was so focused on making sure that hospitals were fully equipped and ready for a surge of admissions, we were really left behind.”

Mark Parkinson
Apr 27, 2020

Mark Parkinson appeared on CNN again, urging that long term care residents and staff be made the priority for testing, equipment and resources.

Apr 29, 2020

AHCA/NCAL once again called for the prioritization of long term care providers for equipment and testing.

Apr 30, 2020

CMS announced the formation of an independent commission to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the long term care industry’s response to COVID-19. AHCA/NCAL applauded this decision.

May 2020
May 3, 2020

In a New York Times letter to the editor, Mark Parkinson highlighted the heroic efforts of long term care staff, and called for additional resources including PPE, testing and staffing support.

Long-term care providers are facing a historic threat from COVID-19, and our caregivers are among the heroes of this fight.

Mark Parkinson
May 5, 2020

AHCA/NCAL sent a letter to HHS and FEMA requesting $10 billion in support for long term care providers. That same day, Dr. David Gifford was interviewed on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal where he talked about the desperate need for PPE in nursing homes and assisted living communities.

May 21, 2020

AHCA/NCAL sent the nation’s governors a Workforce Roadmap to offer ideas that will help provide additional staff support on the frontlines.

“Governors must take immediate action to help protect those currently on the frontlines and take proactive steps to recruit, train and deploy additional caregivers to ensure that residents continue to receive the daily care they need in our facilities. This is an ‘all hands-on deck’ situation.”

Mark Parkinson
May 22, 2020

HHS announced $4.9 billion in funding for skilled nursing facilities. AHCA/NCAL applauded this announcement, but called for additional support – especially for assisted living providers who still had not received any direct aid.

May 24, 2020

Mark Parkinson was interviewed on Fox News Sunday. He spoke about the impact of case numbers in the surrounding community on long term care providers and the need for increased testing to reopen facilities and reconnect residents with their loved ones.

May 27, 2020

An analysis conducted by AHCA/NCAL found that testing all 4.4 million long term care residents and staff only once would cost $672 million.

June 2020
Jun 8, 2020

AHCA/NCAL sent a letter to HHS and FEMA, requesting support and funding for assisted living providers who primarily care for seniors, but have not received any federal aid.

The price of inaction would be devastating – to our residents, to their loved ones, and to those who work in assisted living communities who see their residents as family members.”

Mark Parkinson and Scott Tittle

July 2020
Jul 1, 2020

AHCA/NCAL released a survey of its members, which found that 87% nursing homes and assisted living communities are having to wait two days or more for test results.

Jul 16, 2020

NCAL signed a letter with Argentum, LeadingAge and the American Senior Housing Association requesting Congressional leadership to provide assistance to assisted living and senior living providers in their next COVID-19 stimulus package.

“As Congress considers next steps in its response, our communities and the millions of seniors under our care must be prioritized to ensure that senior living remains a viable option for the foreseeable future.”

Jul 21, 2020

AHCA/NCAL called on Congress to provide funding to nursing homes and assisted living communities for testing, PPE and staffing support. Additionally, AHCA/NCAL called for long term care communities to be prioritized for vaccine distribution.

Jul 22, 2020

President Donald Trump announced an additional $5 billion in additional Provider Relief Funds allocated for nursing homes. AHCA/NCAL applauded the announcement, but called on Congress to prioritize additional resources and support for long term care providers in their next COVID-19 legislation.

August 2020
Aug 7, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a $5 billion allocation for nursing homes from the Provider Relief Fund. $2.5 billion was provided in upfront funding to support increased testing, staffing and PPE needs with additional funding available for those establishing COVID-19 isolation facilities.

Aug 11, 2020

AHCA/NCAL released a report showing nursing homes in the U.S. have experienced an alarming spike in new COVID-19 cases due to community spread among the general population.

Aug 13, 2020

AHCA/NCAL released the results of a survey of U.S. nursing homes. According to the data, providers are facing increased costs and declining revenue as a result of COVID-19, and 72% of nursing homes said they won’t be able to sustain operations another year at the current pace.

Aug 19, 2020

The National Center for Assisted Living released the results of a national survey of assisted living providers on their financial situation amidst growing costs and declining revenues due to COVID-19. Unlike nursing homes, assisted living providers have not received any direct federal funding or support for personal protective equipment or testing.

Aug 25, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new testing requirements for nursing homes. The new rules required nursing homes to routinely test staff and offer tests to residents when there is an outbreak or residents show symptoms.  

September 2020
Sep 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that assisted living providers could apply for COVID-19 relief funding as provided by the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle commented on the announcement, thanking HHS for their efforts to prioritize our nation’s assisted living communities.

“This financial aid is welcome news for the tens of thousands of assisted living providers and the hundreds of thousands of seniors they serve.”

Scott Tittle – Executive Director, National Center for Assisted Living
Sep 3, 2020

HHS announced a $2 billion incentive payment plan for nursing homes as part of the $5 billion Provider Relief Fund distribution announced in early August. Nursing homes will have their performance measured on their ability to keep new COVID infection rates and mortality low among residents.

Sep 8, 2020

AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson published an op-ed on LinkedIn discussing the steps public health officials should take so long term care facilities can safely resume visitations.

Sep 16, 2020

The Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes released a report on the safety and quality in nursing homes in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson responded to the report and attended a discussion on the findings at the White House.

“We are pleased to see the Commission acknowledge what we have been saying from the beginning – there must be shared responsibility with public health officials prioritizing our residents in long term care and helping facilities acquire necessary resources to combat this global pandemic.”

Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO
Sep 16, 2020

AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson had a letter to the editor published in The New York Times highlighting the lack of assistance long term care providers received at the beginning of the pandemic, as well as long standing staffing shortages and low Medicaid reimbursement rates. He called on Congress to help us address this historic challenge.

“Though nursing homes care for one of the most vulnerable populations, the focus remained on hospitals. Lack of access to personal protective equipment and testing was a serious challenge.”

Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO
Sep 17, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued revised guidance providing detailed recommendations on ways nursing homes can safely facilitate visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sep 22, 2020

AHCA/NCAL President and CEO penned an op-ed in Provider Magazine calling attention to the lack of support long term care providers received early in the pandemic and called for additional support from Congress in COVID-19 relief funding and future Medicaid reimbursement reforms.

“Caregivers in nursing homes and assisted living communities have done everything in their power to protect our most vulnerable from COVID-19. Despite unprecedented challenges and delayed support early on, they have bravely answered the call of duty and have saved thousands of lives.”

Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO

Sep 28, 2020

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) urged Congress to provide an additional $100 billion in funding for the Provider Relief Fund and allocate a sizable portion to long term care providers.

Sep 28, 2020

The Trump administration announced a plan to distribute 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests, including 18 million for nursing homes and 15 million for assisted living communities.

Sep 29, 2020

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) sent a letter to the National Governors Association (NGA) and state governors urging them to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine distribution to all long term care communities.

“Given that long term care facilities care for our most vulnerable when it comes to this virus and employ hundreds of thousands of essential health care workers, we urge that your plans to the CDC make residents and staff of these settings the highest priority for the vaccine.”

Mark Parkinson and Scott Tittle
October 2020
Oct 4, 2020

AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson and Massachusetts Senior Care Association President Tara Gregorio wrote an op-ed in Inside Sources expressing the need for continued support as long term care providers continue to battle COVID-19.

“While we have made great progress in implementing and executing protocols to protect our staff and residents, the fight against COVID-19 is far from over.”

Mark Parkinson and Tara Gregorio