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NCCNHRNational Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
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Starting from her roots with consumer activist Ralph Nader and the national Gray Panthers party in the early 1970s, Holder formed the NCCNHR and seized the initiative in studying nursing home quality of care.
A 2006 study confirmed these NCCNHR 20-year-old findings.
"If this prompts people to call up their nursing home and say, 'What are you doing to make sure my mom does not get pressure sores?' then it's a very good thing," says NCCNHR's Lenhoff.
Lenhoff, executive director of NCCNHR, comments that "In a month when we have seen an unprecedented series of government studies and hearings about nursing home neglect and abuse and the need for higher staffing standards, the Secretary wants to reverse 15 years of modest progress in improving the qualifications of nursing home workers.
"NCCNHR supports the new quality initiative because CMS Administrator Scully has given his personal assurance that the initiative will not reduce or replace any part of the nursing home survey and enforcement system," stated NCCNHR Executive Director Donna Lenhoff.
Burger's consciousness was raised back in the 1980s when she was working with Elma Holder, then-director of NCCNHR, and Barbara Frank, who created the Campaign for Quality Care.
Toby Edelman, NCCNHR attorney, denies that the coalition is attempting to expand the lawsuit.
Regarding staffing issues, in a statement raising their concerns about the rule, NCCNHR claims that the "real problem" with staffing is that nursing homes cannot retain workers because the pay and work environment are poor, and that the authorization of feeding assistants may exacerbate this problem by reducing wages and job satisfaction.
In addition to AGS and AAGP members, the panel included representatives from the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (NADONA), National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR), American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA), American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), American Health Care Association (AHCA), American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), and others.
Supported by all sides of the long term care industry, from the American Health Care Association to the National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR), the new law applies to all who reside in a facility on the day before it withdraws from Medicaid.
Donna Lenhoff, Executive Director, National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR)
Sarah Greene Burger, a consultant with and former interim executive director of the National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR), says NCCNHR can help administrators connect with practitioners and researchers with expertise in aging and sexuality.