The National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL), LeadingAge and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
(Alliance) also sought to inform lawmakers of the impact of the proposed reductions on member companies and their patients and asked lawmakers for help.
Steve Guillard, chair of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
and CEO of Harborside Healthcare in Boston, said he was impressed by the results of the effort and hoped the initiative would stand as a model more facilities follow to "provide true benefit to the frail and elderly .
The individuals who rely on Medicaid for skilled nursing care have more medically complex needs than ever before, and this immediate infusion of funds is vital to ensuring their needs can be met," the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
said in a statement following passage by the House of the extension of the enhanced Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), which provides the additional resources.
Flawed reimbursement system or not, funding increases are always appreciated, and weeks before the Medicare reform bill came to a final vote, AHCA and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
announced that their members will dedicate about 80% of the recently implemented 3.
The initiative--Quality First: A Covenant for Healthy, Affordable, and Ethical Long--Term Care--involves the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), the American Health Care Association (AHCA), and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
(the Alliance) released a study that said minority skilled nursing home residents could be disproportionately affected by Medicaid payment shortfalls.
The initiative by AHCA, AAHSA and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
(a coalition of major national provider chains that care for thousands of elderly and disabled residents annually) endorses seven core principles: continuous quality assurance and quality improvement; public disclosure and accountability; patient/resident and family rights; workforce excellence; public input and community involvement; ethical practices; and financial stewardship.
AHCA and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
have introduced a television spot in which a voiceover warns of the proposed 17 percent cut.