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 Parkinson Named Top Lobbyist Five Years In A Row

​Mark Parkinson, leader of the nation’s largest association of long term and post-acute care providers, has been named one of the most influential lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

Those named to The Hill’s Top Lobbyist list “have climbed to the top of their profession, demonstrating an ability to influence Washington’s power brokers on behalf of the interest groups, corporations, and industries they represent,” according to the publication. The newest list was announced today and, for the fifth year in a row, Parkinson made the cut.

In its recognition, The Hill says, “Parkinson, the former governor of Kansas, now heads the nursing home trade group as it stands guard against cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.”

Parkinson has been the president and chief executive officer of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) since 2011. He’s a former long term care provider himself, having run, with his wife, Stacy, assisted living communities in his native Kansas and in Missouri.

Under his leadership, AHCA/NCAL has firmly employed a solutions-based policy approach, offering up new funding proposals for Medicare, for example, or alternatives to current legislative proposals on the Hill in order to protect funding for elderly care, according to the association’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations Clifton Porter II.

The solutions-based approach is working. At a recent gathering of about 2,700 AHCA/NCAL members in Las Vegas, Parkinson said that the long term and post-acute sector is stronger than ever. He cited the association’s recent efforts to avoid congressional cuts to the sector and praised members’ influence on the latest debates to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Looking toward the future, Parkinson says that, while it is challenging to operate in the long term and post-acute care profession today, its best days are ahead. A record number of aging baby boomers will start to enter long term and post-acute care centers in 2025, and that will have a positive impact for centers.

Below are links to the past five years of The Hill’s Top Lobbyist lists:






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