In a recent publication on “Morning Consult”, Mark Parkinson, President, and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) gave some insight into what providers have been living with and continue to struggle with during this pandemic.
“From the beginning, long-term care providers never wavered from their commitment to delivering the highest quality of care. As soon as the virus struck providers took swift action and implemented rigorous infection control processes and procedures in order to mitigate the risk.”
“Defeating COVID-19 and strengthening the long—term care sector requires a collective effort from providers, public health officials, and lawmakers. We must have an honest and open discussion about how to ensure that long-term care residents and staff are a public health priority. Instead of pointing fingers, let’s acknowledge our challenges and begin to fortify areas such as workforce recruitment, training, and retention as well as Medicaid reimbursement policies which leave facilities under-resourced, hurting both residents and caregivers.”
HealthCap has said it before and will say it again, thank you Mr. Parkinson for your leadership, support, and unending advocacy for our residents and staff. We will get through this and be better for the challenge even if it is difficult to believe today. Stay the course, stay strong, stay well, mask up, and stay tuned!