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DATA: Nursing Homes See Spike in New COVID Cases Due to Community Spreadaspx8/11/2020 4:00:00 AM<p style="text-align&#58;left;">​​​<span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C.</strong> - The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released a <a href="/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Documents/Report-Nursing-Homes-Cases-Aug11-2020.pdf" target="_blank">report </a>today showing nursing homes in the U.S. have experienced an alarming spike in new COVID cases due to community spread among the general population according to recent data recently released from the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS).<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The CMS data shows COVID cases in nursing homes significantly increased last month after having dropped significantly throughout the month of June.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br><img src="/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/PublishingImages/Pages/DATA-Nursing-Homes-See-Spike-in-New-COVID-Cases-Due-to-Community-Spread/chart%201.png" alt="chart 1.png" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br><br><br><img src="/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/PublishingImages/Pages/DATA-Nursing-Homes-See-Spike-in-New-COVID-Cases-Due-to-Community-Spread/chart%202.png" alt="chart 2.png" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br><br><img src="/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/PublishingImages/Pages/DATA-Nursing-Homes-See-Spike-in-New-COVID-Cases-Due-to-Community-Spread/chart%203.png" alt="chart 3.png" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br><br>As <a href="/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Documents/Analysis-COVID-Outbreaks-in-Nursing-Homes.pdf" target="_blank">experts</a> have repeatedly noted, COVID-19 cases in a surrounding community is a top factor in outbreaks in nursing homes. Dr. David Grabowski, professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School recently stated, “According to preliminary research presented, larger facilities located in urban areas with large populations, particularly in counties with a higher prevalence of COVID-19 cases, were more likely to have reported cases.”<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“With the recent major spikes of COVID cases in many states across the country, we were very concerned this trend would lead to an increase in cases in nursing homes and unfortunately it has,” stated Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. “This is especially troubling since many nursing homes and other long term care facilities are still unable to acquire the personal protective equipment and testing they need to fully combat this virus.”</span></p><p style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The <a href="/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Documents/Report-Nursing-Homes-Cases-Aug11-2020.pdf">report​</a> also showed COVID-related deaths in nursing homes had declined significantly but have started to uptick again in recent weeks.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>Parkinson and AHCA/NCAL recently sent a <a href="/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Documents/AHCA-NCAL%20NGA%20Letter%207.14.20.pdf" target="_blank">letter</a> to the National Governors Association (NGA) warning states of imminent outbreaks at nursing homes and assisted living facilities given the major spikes in new cases in several states across the U.S., combined with serious PPE shortages and <a href="/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Documents/AHCA-NCAL-Survey-Testing-Results.pdf" target="_blank">significant delays</a> in getting testing results for long term care residents and caregivers which has been taking up to five days or more.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“Given the fact we are several months into the response of this pandemic and the lack of PPE supplies is still an issue is very concerning. We request governors and state public health agencies to help secure and direct more PPE supplies to nursing homes and assisted living communities, especially N95 masks,” Parkinson wrote in the letter.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>Using data from Johns Hopkins University, AHCA/NCAL released a <a href="/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Documents/State-Breakdown-COVID19-Testing-Positivity-Rates-PPE.pdf" target="_blank">state-by-state breakdown​</a>​ showing 33 states with a positive COVID-19 test rate of higher than five percent and <a href="https&#58;//data.cms.gov/Special-Programs-Initiatives-COVID-19-Nursing-Home/COVID-19-Nursing-Home-Dataset/s2uc-8wxp/data" target="_blank">data</a> from CMS indicating many nursing homes are still facing significant PPE supply shortages especially for N95 masks and gowns.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>AHCA/NCAL is calling on public health officials to take immediate steps to protect nursing homes and assisted living communities especially in areas with significant uptick in new COVID cases.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>Parkinson is also urging Congress for an additional $100 billion for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Fund, which is accessible for all health care providers impacted by COVID-19, and that a sizeable portion of the fund be dedicated to helping nursing homes and assisted living communities acquire resources associated with protecting vulnerable residents and staff from the virus, including constant testing, PPE and staff support.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“Without adequate funding and resources, the U.S. will end up repeating the same mistakes from several months ago. We need Congress to prioritize our vulnerable seniors and their caregivers in nursing homes and assisted living communities in this upcoming legislation.”<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>For more information, please visit <a href="/Survey-Regulatory-Legal/Emergency-Preparedness/pages/coronavirus.aspx" target="_blank">www.ahcancal.org/coronavirus​</a>.&#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>​ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></span><br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.ncal.org</a>.​​​</span></p>Industry leaders call on public health officials to send resources to long term care facilities and on Congress to provide additional funding in next COVID legislation
Nursing Home Industry Applauds the Trump Administration for Providing An Additional $5 Billion to Help Protect Residents and Caregiversaspx7/22/2020 4:00:00 AM<p><strong style="font-size&#58;11pt;">​WASHINGTON, D.C</strong><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">. - The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement today after President Trump announced $5 billion in additional Provider Relief Funds allocated for nursing homes.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>&quot;We appreciate the Administration sending this much-needed funding to our nursing homes to help ensure our facilities have the personal protective equipment (PPE), access to testing and staffing needed to keep our residents and caregivers safe. This funding is an important step forward for nursing homes in our fight against this deadly virus.”&#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“</span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">Overall nursing homes are making progress as data shows that new cases are down; however, the growing number of new COVID cases in </span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">states across the country is very concerning, which is why continued support, like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing today, is vital to helping long term care facilities keep this virus out of our buildings.”<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“With the recent major spikes of COVID cases throughout the nation and recent </span><a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/News/news_releases/Documents/Analysis-COVID-Outbreaks-in-Nursing-Homes.pdf" style="font-size&#58;11pt;">independent research</a><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"> showing the level of COVID cases in the surrounding community serving as the top factor in outbreaks in long term care facilities, conducting more testing with reliable and rapid results is paramount. We are hopeful that the announcement today will help accelerate the rollout of improved testing, and that the Administration will continue to support long term care providers in carrying out this endeavor.”<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>​“While this funding is a significant step forward, it is equally important for Congress to provide an additional $100 billion for the HHS Provider Relief Fund, which is accessible to all health care providers impacted by COVID-19, and that a sizeable portion of the fund be dedicated to helping both </span><a href="/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Pages/Nursing-Homes-Request-Priority-and-Funding-From-Congress-in-Next-COVID-Bill-to-Protect-Residents-and-Caregivers.aspx" style="font-size&#58;11pt;">nursing homes</a><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"> and </span><a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/News/news_releases/Documents/COVID_AL_Funding_Joint_Letter_Jul16.pdf" style="font-size&#58;11pt;">assisted living communities</a><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">​ to cover the enormous costs associated with protecting vulnerable residents and staff from the virus.”</span></p><div><br></div><div><strong>​ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org​</a>.​​​<br></div><p>​</p>Call On Congress To Prioritize Additional Resources and Support For Long Term Care Providers In Next COVID Legislation
Nursing Homes Request Priority and Funding From Congress in Next COVID Bill to Protect Residents and Caregiversaspx7/21/2020 4:00:00 AM<ul><li><strong>​​​</strong><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>Nursing homes and assisted living communities ask for funding for testing, PPE supplies and workforce, and priority for vaccine distribution.&#160;</strong></span></li><li><strong>Nursing homes received only 4.3 percent of $175 billion Provider Relief Fund from CARES Act; zero funding for assisted living communities</strong></li><li><strong>By nearly a five-to-one margin (71 percent), women voters ages 34 to 65 say long term care facilities need more support from the government to save lives and take care of loved ones.</strong></li></ul><p><strong style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>WASHINGTON, D.C</strong><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">.</span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"> - The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, called on Congress today to ensure dedicated funding and priority attention is given to long term care residents and caregivers.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The long term care industry is requesting an additional $100 billion for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Fund, which is accessible for all health care providers impacted by COVID-19, and that a sizeable portion of the fund be dedicated to helping nursing homes and assisted living communities cover the enormous costs associated with protecting vulnerable residents and staff from the virus, including constant testing, personal protective equipment (PPE) and staffing.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>Currently, nursing homes have only received approximately 4.3 percent of the $175 billion funding allocated from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund for healthcare providers. Meanwhile, assisted living communities have yet to receive any direct federal aid.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“With the recent major spikes of COVID cases in many states across the country, we are very concerned this trend will lead to a dramatic increase in cases in nursing homes and assisted living communities,” stated Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.&#160; “Without adequate funding and resources, the U.S. will end up repeating the same mistakes from several months ago.&#160; We need Congress to prioritize nursing homes and assisted living communities in this upcoming legislation.”<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>According to a recent national <a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/News/news_releases/Documents/Survey-Summary-COVID-LTC-July2020Update.pdf">survey</a> of women voters ages 35 to 64 undertaken by AHCA/NCAL, a key voting block in the upcoming November election,<strong> 62 percent</strong> felt that the government did not make long term care facilities a top priority.&#160;By nearly a <strong>five-to-one margin</strong>, these voters (<strong>71 percent</strong>) say that long term care facilities need more support from the government so they can save lives and take care of our loved ones.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>Parkinson said PPE supply shortages and a lack of access to reliable, rapid testing is still a major issue for many nursing homes.&#160;Nearly nine in 10 (87 percent) nursing homes and assisted living communities said obtaining test results back from the lab companies is taking two days or longer (63 percent – two to four days, 24 percent five days or more) according to a recent survey.&#160;Nearly 12 percent of nursing homes report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that they have less than a one-week supply of N-95 masks, and more than half of assisted living communities have less than a two-week supply of N-95 masks and gowns.&#160; N-95 masks were not included in the last FEMA shipments to nursing homes and remain difficult to acquire.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>Recent <a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/News/news_releases/Documents/Analysis-COVID-Outbreaks-in-Nursing-Homes.pdf">independent research</a> by Harvard Medical School, Brown University’s School of Public Health and University of Chicago showed the level of COVID cases in the surrounding community was the top factor in outbreaks in nursing homes.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>AHCA/NCAL recently sent a letter last week to the National Governors Association (NGA) warning states of imminent outbreaks at nursing homes and assisted living facilities given the major spikes in new cases in several states across the U.S., combined with serious PPE shortages and significant delays in getting testing results for long term care residents and caregivers.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“Given the fact we are several months into the response of this pandemic and the lack of PPE supplies is still an issue is very concerning.&#160; We request governors and state public health agencies to help secure and direct more PPE supplies to nursing homes and assisted living communities,” Parkinson wrote in the letter.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>As part of their funding request to Congress, the long term care industry is requesting a $5 billion fund to which labs and nursing homes or assisted living communities can apply to cover the costs of any testing ordered by a governmental entity.&#160; At present, it is not clear who is covering the cost of surveillance testing and how much needs to be done, especially for staff.&#160; AHCA/NCAL said funding for testing should be available until an effective vaccine is fully deployed.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>AHCA/NCAL also requested Congress to direct the CDC to ensure that nursing home and assisted living residents and staff are the first and </span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">highest priority for vaccine distribution since they are the most vulnerable and at risk.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>A full list of the long term care industry’s request for Congress in the next stimulus package can be found <a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/News/news_releases/Documents/Stimulus-4-Asks.pdf">here​</a>.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>For more information, please visit <a href="/Survey-Regulatory-Legal/Emergency-Preparedness/pages/coronavirus.aspx">www.ahcancal.org/coronavirus</a>.&#160;</span></p><div><br></div><div><strong>ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org</a>.​​<br><br></div>
AHCA/NCAL Issues Statement Following CMS Announcement On Point Of Care Testing For Nursing Homesaspx7/14/2020 4:00:00 AM<p><strong>​​​</strong><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement after Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced today that COVID-19 point-of-care testing devices will be distributed to 2,000 nursing homes across the country.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL&#58;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“Today’s announcement from Administrator Verma is welcome news for long term care residents, staff and providers. Repeated, ongoing testing is the only way we are going to beat this virus. Regular testing of nursing home and assisted living staff is a vital step in controlling the spread of COVID-19, but is not effective without obtaining timely test results. For nursing homes and assisted living communities to protect residents and staff, we need on-site testing with reliable and rapid results.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“The facilities that will receive these machines will be able to conduct on-site testing and receive timely results. Recently, 87% of nursing homes and assisted living communities said obtaining test results back from lab companies is taking multiple days or more to process.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>​“Due to the nature of this virus, every interaction is a risk. Social distancing is not an option, as residents need personal, one-on-one care and assistance with daily activities. That is why nursing homes and assisted living communities have been calling for access to additional testing, personal protective equipment and staffing.  With the proper resources, long term care facilities can better identify who has the virus and make tactical decisions to protect residents and staff. We look forward to working with HHS and Administrator Verma to expand this program and make rapid testing widely available for more providers in the coming months.”</span></p><div><br></div><div><strong>ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org</a>.<br></div><div><br></div>
AHCA Issues Statement Following House Subcommittee Hearing On the COVID-19 Crisis and Nursing Homesaspx6/25/2020 4:00:00 AM<p><strong>​​​</strong><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement after a hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on the COVID-19 crisis and nursing homes.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL&#58;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“We appreciate today’s discussion on the disproportionate affect COVID-19 has had on our nation’s long term care residents and staff. Our heroic caregivers have been on the frontlines since the onset of the pandemic, fighting to protect our country’s most vulnerable. With strength and bravery, the majority of residents in our care who have tested positive for the virus have made a full recovery. They are our inspiration to continue to provide high quality of care in the midst of challenging circumstances.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“For nursing homes and assisted living communities, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Now more than ever, our residents and staff need ongoing prioritization and resources to prevent future outbreaks. We still lack reliable access to widespread testing, adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and staffing support. While we are grateful for the help we have received in recent months, more must be done. As the witness Dr. David Grabowski highlighted today, outbreaks in nursing homes are directly linked to the amount of spread in the surrounding community, and the residents and staff of these impacted facilities desperately need additional support.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“We cannot continue to fight this battle without the proper funding for these critical resources. We are committed to working with Members of Congress on solutions that will help us meet the needs of our residents and caregivers.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“</span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">It is past time for policymakers and the public health sector to rally around long term care facilities and give them the support they deserve.”</span></p><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></span></div><div><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org</a>.​</span></div>
AHCA/NCAL Praises Appointment of Long Term Care Providers, Other Stakeholders to Independent Commissionaspx6/19/2020 4:00:00 AM<p><strong>​</strong><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C. </strong>– The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more </span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, </span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">released the following statement after members of the newly-formed Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes were </span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">announced by MITRE today.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL&#58;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“We are pleased to see a variety of stakeholders named to the Commission, including dedicated providers and valued partners Debra Fournier, Camille Jordan, Dr. Rosie Lyles, Neil Pruitt, Jr., and Janet Snipes. These professionals have devoted their lives to serving our nation’s seniors and improving the quality of care in America’s long term care facilities. Their leadership at the national level, including with AHCA/NCAL, will serve the Commission well as it evaluates ways to protect our most vulnerable from COVID-19.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“Bringing providers, residents, families, experts and policymakers together is essential in fostering a more collaborate approach to addressing this once-in-a-century crisis. Nursing homes cannot beat this pandemic alone, and focusing on enforcement and penalties neither recognizes the nature of the virus nor solves the problem. Providers need the support of public health officials to prioritize our residents and help facilities acquire the necessary resources. We hope the independent Commission will address this critical need.&#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“As the Commission begins its work, nursing homes and other long term care facilities are still in the day-to-day battle of keeping the virus at bay. Providers continue to face ongoing challenges in accessing and affording surveillance testing, personal protective equipment and additional staff support. Meanwhile, many states are re-opening portions of society, which is contributing to an increase in cases in some areas of the country. We want to get residents out of isolation and adapt visitations, so they can safely see loved ones again. But we must remain vigilant as research indicates that community spread is correlated with outbreaks in nursing homes, and we have yet to receive the level of resources we need.&#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>​“We look forward to working with the Commission as it conducts this important work, but long term care facilities need immediate assistance now. Public health officials at every level can help in this effort by prioritizing long term care for testing, PPE, staffing and funding. Let’s work together now and in the coming months to rally around our nation’s Greatest Generation and our frontline heroes.”</span></p><div><br></div><div><strong>​​ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org</a>.​​​&#160;<br></div><p><br></p>Association Calls For a Collaborative Approach in Addressing a Once-In-A-Century Pandemic
AHCA/NCAL Statement In Response To Updated CMS, CDC Data On Nursing Homes And COVID-Related Casesaspx6/18/2020 4:00:00 AM<p><strong>​</strong><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>(WA</strong></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>SHINGTON, DC)</strong></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">- The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement in response to today’s updated data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)&#160; and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on COVID-19 and nursing homes.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>T</span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">he following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL&#58;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“This report shows what we have known for months, that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts seniors with chronic conditions and the dedicated staff who care for them. This also validates the call for assistance that nursing homes have been making since the beginning of this pandemic.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“We understand that there may be some questions about the data and adjustments made due to obvious challenges with launching a new reporting system in the midst of a pandemic. Regardless, one life is one too many to lose, and we hope this data will show public health officials the urgent need to prioritize resources to protect long term care staff and residents. &#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“Whether it’s federal, state or local health agencies, long term care residents and staff need to be a priority for supplies and support. It’s time that America rally around our nation’s seniors and caregivers just as they did with hospitals.&quot; &#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>For more information, please visit <a href="/Survey-Regulatory-Legal/Emergency-Preparedness/pages/coronavirus.aspx">www.ahcancal.org/coronavirus</a>.&#160;</span></p><div>&#160;</div><div><strong>ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org</a>.</span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">​</span></div><p><br></p>
AHCA/NCAL Responds to U.S. House Inquiry Concerning COVID-19aspx6/16/2020 4:00:00 AM<p>​<strong style="font-size&#58;11pt;">WASHINGTON, D.C.</strong><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"> - The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement in response to the inquiry by the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in the U.S. House of Representatives concerning the long term care industry’s response to the pandemic.</span></p><div><br></div><div>The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL&#58;&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>“America’s nursing homes and assisted living communities have been on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 and have performed heroic work to keep their residents and staff safe. From the earliest days of this pandemic, we have been sounding the alarm and calling for help. Unfortunately, in far too many instances, our residents and caregivers were not made a priority.</div><div><br></div><div>“Research by David C. Grabowski, PhD, a professor of health care policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School; Vincent Mor, PhD, professor of Health Services and Policy at Brown University; and R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD, professor of Health Services Research at the University of Chicago, found that the likelihood of outbreaks in nursing homes are most directly correlated with the size of the outbreak in the larger community where a facility is located, with little to no correlation to facility ownership structure, staffing or quality ratings.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>“As long term care providers have gained access to testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), staffing support and other assistance, they have increasingly been better able to respond to this crisis and prevent outbreaks. Meanwhile, the vast majority of residents diagnosed with the virus are recovering or are likely to recover. This underscores the fact that what is needed most is continued support for long term care residents and providers, especially as states move to reopen and local outbreaks increase.&#160;&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>“AHCA/NCAL and our members appreciate any opportunity to work in collaboration with lawmakers to advance solutions that enable us to better serve the residents in our care. While the federal and state governments have been helpful, much more is still needed as this pandemic is far from over. We hope this process will provide an opportunity to have a productive discussion about ways we can continue to work together to protect the vulnerable population we serve.”</div><div><br></div><div><strong>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org</a>.​​&#160;​<br><br></div>
AHCA/NCAL Issues Statement Following House Select Subcommittee Hearing On The Coronavirusaspx6/11/2020 4:00:00 AM<p></p><div><strong>Washington, D.C. </strong>– The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement after a hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.</div><div><br></div><div>The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL&#58;&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>“Nursing homes and assisted living communities have been on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 and we appreciate today’s robust discussion about the pandemic and all we are doing to safeguard those in our care. Our heroic caregivers are working around the clock in the face of extraordinary circumstances to protect our residents. Thanks to their tremendous sacrifice, the majority of those who are infected – despite being extremely vulnerable to the virus due to ongoing health conditions – make a full recovery.</div><div><br></div><div>“In order to ensure more recoveries and prevent future spread, long term care providers must have the resources they need. Our greatest challenge remains lack of widespread testing, adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and staffing support. We appreciate the renewed focus in prioritizing testing and PPE for nursing homes and assisted living communities, but more must be done. Lack of proper funding for these critical supplies puts our caregivers and the residents they care for at a severe disadvantage.&#160;</div><div>​<br></div><div>“It’s not too late to make improvements. The health and well-being of our residents and caregivers will always be our highest priority, and we look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers to help meet these critical needs.”&#160;</div><div><br></div><div><strong>​​​​​​​ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org</a>.​​​&#160;<br><br></div>
AHCA/NCAL Reacts to Distribution of Provider Relief Funds for Medicaid Providersaspx6/9/2020 4:00:00 AM<p>​<span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>​WASHINGTON, D.C</strong>. - The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Trump Administration for today’s announcement of new grant distributions for Medicaid-dependent providers.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL&#58;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“We applaud the Administration for providing specific funding for long term care facilities and other providers who do the valiant work of serving Medicaid beneficiaries. Not only are our residents – seniors and those with underlying conditions – most at-risk if they contract COVID-19, but of these individuals, those who also rely on Medicaid are especially vulnerable due to the program's notorious underfunding for care. These nursing home, assisted living and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities urgently need these resources from the federal government to acquire testing, equipment and staffing to protect their residents. We appreciate the Administration recognizing this need and hope they expedite the aid to our heroes on the frontlines.”</span></p><div><br></div><div><strong>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org​</a>.​​​ ​​<br><br></div>
AHCA/NCAL Applauds Extension of National Guard Deployment to Help Long Term Care Respond to COVID-19aspx6/8/2020 4:00:00 AM<p><strong>​</strong><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C</strong>. - The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement applauding President Trump for extending Title 32 Status for governors to utilize their National Guard through August 21 for COVID-19 related activities on May 28.&#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL&#58;&#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“The dedicated caregivers in America’s nursing homes and assisted living communities have done heroic work on the front lines of this fight against the historic challenge posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. As we’ve been saying for months, we need help and support from the public health sector. Which is why we are appreciative of the assistance that National Guard units have been providing long term care facilities in several states across the country.&#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“From administering tests to delivering personal protective equipment and care packages, National Guardsmen and women have provided a service to one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. President Trump’s decision to continue to provide federal funding for this important work through at least August 21 gives providers the peace of mind that this assistance will be available when it is most needed.”</span></p><div><br></div><div><strong>​ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org​</a>.​<br><br></div>
AHCA/NCAL Statement on Racial Inequality Across the Nation and in Long Term Careaspx6/3/2020 4:00:00 AM<p>​<span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>WASHINGTON, DC</strong> - The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement in reaction to rising protests across the country following the death of George Floyd as well as evidence correlating COVID-19 cases in long term care to African American and Latino residents.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL; Debbie Meade, AHCA Board Chair; and Helen Crunk, NCAL Board Chair&#58;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>&quot;This year has proven to be the most challenging year in the history of the long term care sector. Sadly, it’s also proving to be one of the most challenging for the country as a whole.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>&quot;The deaths of tens of thousands of elderly people, many in our long term care facilities, has been devastating. We know that it’s been even more painful to the families of those that COVID-19 has taken. Adding to the pain is the unfortunate reality that despite us screaming for help, as loudly as possible, our residents were ignored. Equally frustrating is that many of those who ignored our cries are now the first to lay blame at our feet.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>&quot;While this tragedy has been taking place, our country is once again being torn apart by racism and racial inequity. The death of George Floyd was no accident and it is not an isolated event. It is just the most recent occurrence in a legacy of racial inequality in this country that we can only end by acknowledging it.&#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>&quot;Concurrent with George Floyd’s tragic death is evidence of racial inequality in the very virus that we are fighting. The data is clear that a </span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases and deaths occur among minorities. Most disturbing is that this appears to be true both in the general population and in skilled nursing facilities as well.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>&quot;Where do we go from here? Do we just give in to the terrible events that have shaped the first half of this year? Of course not. First, we condemn the senseless killing of George Floyd along with those before him and acknowledge the pain it has brought us all. As a profession, we fully support the right of all people to peacefully protest. Second, we commit that long term care facilities will be an oasis of freedom where people of all races, religions and beliefs, are able to live and work safely, and without fear of prejudice. Third, we will work to fight against the factors that have created the profound health care disparities that exist in the United States.&#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>&quot;Finally, we pledge to our residents, their families, and our employees, that we are not giving in to this fight against COVID-19. We are inspired by the hundreds of thousands of heroes who work in long term care facilities and have sacrificed so much during the pandemic. Together, we will fight all day, every day, for as long as it takes, to keep our residents and staff safe. The first half of 2020 has been extremely difficult for our country and created unthinkable challenges, but it will not defeat us and together, we will make positive differences.&quot;</span></p><div><br></div><div><strong>​​​​​​​​ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.ncal.org</a>.​​<br><br></div>Association pledges to fight racial health care disparities and COVID-19
AHCA/NCAL Statement In Response To CMS, CDC Data On Nursing Homes And COVID-Related Casesaspx6/1/2020 4:00:00 AM<p>​​<span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><strong>WASHINGTON, DC</strong> - The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than </span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement in response to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the number of nursing home residents who have contracted COVID-19 as well as an announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding additional penalties on nursing homes.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL&#58;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“</span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">These numbers show what we have known for months, that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts the elderly with chronic diseases and the dedicated staff who care for them. Today’s report validates the need for the assistance that nursing homes have been calling for since the beginning of this pandemic. Especially as we continue to expand testing for residents and staff in long term care centers in June, we should anticipate the number of cases to rise as asymptomatic residents and staff will be identified.&#160; While an increase in these reported numbers may be startling, it will improve our ability to confront this threat and protect our residents.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“We hope this public reporting system will help identify areas that are most in need of resources to fight the battle against COVID-19. We hope state and federal public health officials can use the data to help nursing homes by sending urgently needed resources.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“Regarding CMS imposing additional enforcement and fines, what would really be helpful to improve the situation is for CMS and their survey teams to work together with the nursing home industry to fight this COVID-19 battle. This situation will get worse if surveyors are only looking for reasons to find deficiencies and issue fines instead of identifying ways for nursing homes to make real changes and help them improve their infection control programs. It’s time to recognize that when nursing homes receive citations, it’s a failure not just of the provider, but of CMS and the survey process as well. Citations and fines without assistance will not help us keep residents and staff safe from this virus.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“The reality is that long term care providers are facing an unprecedented situation that has left them begging for testing, personal protective equipment (PPE) and staffing resources. Just like hospitals, we have called for help. In our case, it has been difficult to get anyone to listen.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“Whether it’s federal, state or local health agencies, long term care needs to be a priority for supplies and help. It’s time that America rally around our long term care residents just as they did with hospitals.&quot;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>For more information, please visit <a href="/Survey-Regulatory-Legal/Emergency-Preparedness/pages/coronavirus.aspx">www.ahcancal.org/coronavirus</a>.&#160;&#160;</span></p><div><br></div><div><strong>​​​​​​​​ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org​</a>.​​​&#160;​<br></div>
AHCA/NCAL Reacts to Distribution of Provider Relief Funds for Skilled Nursing Facilitiesaspx5/22/2020 4:00:00 AM<p><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement after HHS announced $4.9 billion in funding to help skilled nursing facilities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“We appreciate HHS sending this much-needed funding to skilled nursing facilities. Long term care providers are privileged to care for our country’s Greatest Generation. The Administration has given us the ability to care of them with the resources that they deserve.&#160;<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“We are working around the clock to protect the people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. That work makes this funding more important than ever. These resources are an important step toward ensuring residents in long term care facilities receive the vital support needed during this unprecedented public health crisis.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“Given the gravity of the situation we are facing with this deadly virus and its impact on our vulnerable residents, long term care facilities require additional support and funding from state and federal governments to reduce its spread. Notably, assisted living communities have yet to receive any direct aid, despite also serving vulnerable seniors. While building on support received from HHS, we are asking for additional consideration for all long term care facilities, whether it be in regard to additional testing, personal protective equipment, or funding.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“Long term care facilities appreciate the Administration’s support in prioritizing long term care residents. We need everyone around the country to rally around nursing homes and assisted living communities the same way they have around hospitals. We will continue to work with local, state and federal health officials to take every possible step to keep our nation’s long term care residents and staff safe.”<br></span><strong style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>ABOUT AHCA/NCAL<br></strong><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">www.ahcancal.org</a> or <a href="/Assisted-Living/Pages/default.aspx">www.ncal.org</a>.</span></p>
AHCA/NCAL Provides Roadmap to Governors to Address Long Term Care Workforce Needs During Pandemicaspx5/21/2020 4:00:00 AM<p>​<span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) released a “<a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/facility_operations/disaster_planning/Documents/AHCANCAL-Workforce-Roadmap.pdf">Long Term Care Workforce Roadmap for Governors and States</a>,” outlining ways state public health officials can help nursing homes and assisted living communities address workforce needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the roadmap, AHCA/NCAL offers possible solutions to states to help increase the number of clinical and support staff, protect caregivers while they serve their residents, help caregivers get to work and stay safe in the larger community, and support specific long term care facilities dealing with cases.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>“Our heroic health care workers in long term care have shown extraordinary commitment to their residents during this unprecedented time. They deserve our respect and need ongoing support as they continue to battle this virus,” said Mark Parkinson, President &amp; CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “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.”<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>Caregivers in long term care are rising to the challenge in responding to this threat; however, COVID-19 has resulted in increased demands on staff. Residents must be isolated from others while still receiving the high-quality daily care and services they require. Coupled with the fact that some staff are unable to work because they are sick, lack childcare options with schools and daycares closed or have to be quarantined themselves—in part a consequence of inadequate availability of personal protective equipment (PPE)—a workforce shortage currently exists in long term care settings.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>Furthermore, AHCA/NCAL anticipates additional workforce support will be needed as testing in long term care facilities expands across the country and may identify staff members who are positive but asymptomatic. Additionally, with many states re-opening sectors of the economy, this increases the likelihood of staff members contracting the virus while out in the larger community. Residents in long term care facilities are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and they require round-the-clock care and support from dedicated professionals.<br></span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>AHCA/NCAL is encouraging governors and state public health officials to explore ideas, such as&#58;</span></p><p></p><ul><li><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">Making long term care facilities a priority for PPE to protect current caregivers and residents from contracting the virus.</span></li><li><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">Making long term care facilities a priority for timely testing of staff and residents to identify asymptomatic carriers and empower facilities to respond in a targeted way. States need to support facilities in administering tests and covering costs.</span></li><li>​​Allowing nurses and other medical professionals to cross state lines and allowing facilities to hire temporary caregivers and support staff, which will require relaxing state regulations.</li><li>Encouraging medical professionals to volunteer as we have seen them do for hospitals.</li><li>Deploying the National Guard to specific facilities with outbreaks to help with cleaning, testing, PPE, and staff support.</li></ul><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"></span><p></p><p></p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align&#58;left;">​“We’ve seen inspiring images of nurses and doctors flying across the country to serve in our hospitals. We hope to see the same national <br>support rally around our long term care facilities,” continued Parkinson. “We owe it to our residents, those from the Greatest Generation, to ensure they have the necessary support they need and deserve.”</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align&#58;left;"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;"><br>Read the “Long Term Care Workforce Roadmap for Governors and States” <a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/facility_operations/disaster_planning/Documents/AHCANCAL-Workforce-Roadmap.pdf">here​</a>​. For more information, please visit <a href="/Survey-Regulatory-Legal/Emergency-Preparedness/pages/coronavirus.aspx">www.ahcancal.org/coronavirus</a>​.​​</span></div><p></p>Calls on states to help with immediate and long-term solutions to honor heroes on the frontlines and bring in additional staff to protect residents