This year marks big milestones for both the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and Provider magazine. AHCA/NCAL celebrates 75 years of supporting, advocating, and serving the long term care industry. Provider is proud to announce that this is our 50th anniversary of publishing great content, timely updates, and multimedia content. Join me and all the AHCA/NCAL staff as we commemorate these milestones throughout 2024.

Celebrating small victories is a feature of effective dementia care. As care professionals learn new techniques of support and communication, they can become even more skilled in caring for residents with dementia.

Medicare Advantage (MA) has grown into a widely used senior health plan over the past several years. Keeping informed and up-to-date on MA plans is critical for long term care providers, but it is also important that we advocate for needed changes, added transparency, and reasonable appeal processes.

In this issue, we get to know a little more about AHCA’s new board chair Phil Scalo and NCAL’s new board chair Mark Maxfield. Learn more about effective communication, the need for interoperability in health IT, and deficiency-free complaint surveys.

Don’t miss out on in-person education and networking at the AHCA/NCAL 2024 Quality Summit on May 20-22 or at the 2024 Population Health Summit on May 22-23, both in San Antonio, Texas. Register today, and I will see you there.​