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VOTE NOW! AHCA/NCAL's Mark Parkinson a Finalist for Modern Healthcare's Most Influential People <p><em>​Modern Healthcare</em> recently published the&#160;<a data-linkto="http&#58;//" href="https&#58;//cl.exct.net/?qs=a425a1d0112b62ce8bac54265f8bafe0172664e307c495db39bc2d90197c1e88b8442d9e22fa34adba4cea43c5fab3b77a1f653db69cf232" title="finalists" target="_blank">finalists</a>&#160;for its annual listing of the&#160;100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.</p><p>Among this year's list of finalists includes AHCA/NCAL's Mark Parkinson.&#160;He has received this recognition in previous years which continues to elevate the voice of AHCA/NCAL.</p><p>Voting&#160;is open to the public and members are encouraged to vote&#160;before the deadline on&#160;<strong>S</strong><strong>eptember 27, 2022. &#160; </strong><br></p>2022-09-20T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Headshots/MarkParkinson.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />QualityHe has received this recognition in previous years which continues to elevate the voice of AHCA/NCAL.
NCAL Report States Continue Strengthening Assisted Living Regulations<p></p><p>Assisted living regulations, statutes, and policies in 33 states were updated between 2020-2022, according to the National Center for Assisted Living's (NCAL) 2022 edition of the “<a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Assisted-Living/Policy/Pages/state-regulations.aspx" target="_blank">Assisted Living State Regulatory Review</a>&quot; released today.&#160;&#160;</p><p>“States continue to demonstrate their ability to respond to the evolving assisted living environment, foster quality improvement, support transparency for consumers, and maintain resident safeguards,&quot; said LaShuan Bethea, NCAL Executive Director. “NCAL supports ongoing collaborative efforts between assisted living providers, state regulators, and all stakeholders to properly balance oversight while continuing to honor residents' needs and desires.&quot;&#160;&#160;</p><p>The report also found the following&#58;&#160;<br><ul><li>Forty-six states and the District of Columbia (92%) require a consumer disclosure, agreement, and/or bill of rights for residents.&#160;</li><li>All 50 states and the District of Columbia require a form of resident assessment and, at minimum, provide activities of daily living for residents.</li><li>Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia (98%) have provisions around, and allow, providing medication management to residents.&#160;&#160;&#160;</li><li>Forty-five states and the District of Columbia (90%) have minimum educational and/or training requirements for assisted living administrators/directors.&#160;</li></ul></p><p>“It is clear from the trends we have seen over the years that state regulations continue to increase in assisted living,&quot; said Jill Schewe, NCAL's director of policy and regulatory affairs and the report's author. “States are making changes as they determine how to best serve their specific resident populations in the years ahead, and we anticipate this trend will continue.&quot;&#160;</p><p>The “Assisted Living State Regulatory Review&quot; summarizes key selected state requirements for assisted living licensure or certification. It provides information for every state and the District of Columbia on topics such as which state agency licenses assisted living, recent legislative and regulatory updates affecting assisted living, and requirements for resident agreements, admission and discharge, units serving people with Alzheimer's or other dementias, staffing, and training.&#160;&#160;</p><p>The report also includes requirements for communities that offer seniors and people with disabilities housing, supportive services, person-centered assistance with activities of daily living, and some level of health care but may use a different term than assisted living (such as residential care and personal care homes).&#160;&#160;</p><p>The full report along with summaries for each state are available on the <a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Assisted-Living/Policy/Pages/state-regulations.aspx" target="_blank">NCAL website</a>.&#160;&#160;<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/ncal_large_color.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;200px;height&#58;133px;" />​</p>2022-09-15T04:00:00Z<img alt="" height="740" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/150x150/NCAL_reg.png" width="740" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Assisted LivingAL regulations, statutes, and policies were updated, according to a new NCAL report summarizing key selected requirements for AL licensure or certification in every state and the DC.
America’s Assisted Living Communities Celebrate “Joyful Moments” <p>Beginning today and continuing through Saturday, Sept. 17, America’s assisted living communities are participating in National Assisted Living Week<sup>®</sup> (NALW). The national observance—which begins each year on National Grandparents’ Day and is supported this year by official sponsor First Quality—honors the individuals who reside, work, and volunteer in assisted living and residential care communities with special activities and events.&#160;</p><p>Created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, this year’s NALW theme – “Joyful Moments” – reflects the strong connection between residents and staff and encourages them to join with their families and local communities to celebrate and create happy memories. This week also provides the opportunity to educate communities across the country about this sector of long term care and the dedicated, hardworking caregivers.&#160;&#160;</p><p>“Assisted living staff have continued to provide high-quality care to residents in senior living and should be celebrated for the incredible work they do every day,” said NCAL Executive Director LaShuan Bethea. “This year’s theme is special because it recognizes the extraordinary bonds built in assisted living communities. It recognizes the fact that residents, staff, and families are truly one big extended family finding joy in caring for each other throughout every moment in life – no matter how big or small.”&#160;</p><p>The annual observance encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to bring together residents, staff, and volunteers, while adhering to infection control requirements and precautions in place for COVID-19. Participants are asked to share their celebrations throughout the week on social media with the hashtag #NALW.&#160;&#160;</p><p>For more information on National Assisted Living Week, please visit <a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Education-Events/Pages/NALW.aspx" target="_blank">www.nalw.org</a>.&#160;</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/ncal_large_color.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;193px;height&#58;135px;" /><br></p>2022-09-12T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/NALW.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Assisted Living“Joyful Moments” – reflects the strong connection between residents and staff and encourages them to join with their families and local communities to celebrate and create happy memories.
AHCA Documentary Wins Capital Emmy Award<p style="text-align&#58;center;"><img src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/2022/emmy2.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;500px;height&#58;240px;" /><br></p><p><br></p><p>The American Health Care Association (AHCA) documentary, <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtK_RIIyMpA" target="_blank">“Closed Doors, Open Hearts&#58; Nursing Homes and COVID-19,”</a> received a National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter (Capital) Emmy Award Saturday evening in the <a href="https&#58;//www.capitalemmys.tv/post/capital-emmys-documentary-cultural-topical?fbclid=IwAR2tbw_erLDKnE4G89snUKO14vJ0ho9vtPjrh82J0MCvAFOpilT4A0EfVJo" target="_blank">Documentary – Cultural/Topical</a> category.&#160;&#160;</p><p>The documentary, which was up against three other nominees, features two nursing homes on opposite sides of the country and their struggles and perseverance at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights the heroic caregivers who continued to serve through the most challenging times. It also provides a glimpse into what has really happened inside nursing homes since early 2020 and why it is so important to continue supporting these vital providers’ ongoing efforts to keep residents safe and healthy.&#160;</p><p>The <a href="https&#58;//www.capitalemmys.tv/" target="_blank">Capital Emmy Chapter</a> is one of 19 regional chapters that make up The National Academy of Television Arts &amp; Sciences. It is a non-profit, professional organization serving the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC television and media community. The organization’s foundation is The Emmy® Award, the TV industry’s gold-standard for the recognition of television excellence.&#160;</p><p>“It is an honor merely to be nominated, but to win is truly special,” said AHCA President &amp; CEO Mark Parkinson. “Nursing homes have been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic since the very beginning, and these providers have gone above and beyond to protect this highly vulnerable population. Thank you for allowing us to share their important story and for recognizing the hard work and passion that went into making this film. It is dedicated to everyone in long term care – staff, residents, families, and those who support them.”&#160;</p><p>The Capital Emmy is the next in a number of awards AHCA’s 26-minute film has received this year. It recently received Telly Awards in three categories&#58; <a href="https&#58;//www.tellyawards.com/winners/2022/social-video/general-documentary/closed-doors-open-hearts-nursing-homes-and-covid-19/273696" target="_blank">Gold recognition</a> in Social Video/General Documentary, Silver <a href="https&#58;//www.tellyawards.com/winners/2022/peoples-telly/general-social-video/closed-doors-open-hearts-nursing-homes-and-covid-19/263922/" target="_blank">recognition</a> in the People’s Telly Award/General-Social Video, and Silver <a href="https&#58;//www.tellyawards.com/winners/2022/non-broadcast/general-documentary-individual/closed-doors-open-hearts-nursing-homes-and-covid-19/270584/" target="_blank">recognition</a> in General Documentary – Individual. The Telly Awards are premier awards honoring video and television across all screens. The documentary was also recognized with a Silver <a href="https&#58;//www.healthawards.com/dha/winnerss2022/dha_s2022_winners.pdf" target="_blank" title="https&#58;//www.healthawards.com/dha/winnerss2022/dha_s2022_winners.pdf">Digital Health Award</a> earlier this month.&#160;&#160;</p>2022-06-27T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/emmy.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Caregiving;QualityAHCA StaffAccolades continue for the Association’s short film focused on nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.