Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Governor Parkinson chats with reporters April 19, 2011
President & CEO of AHCA/NCAL, Governor Mark Parkinson, is making the news this week after holding a roundtable with some leading health policy reporters in the DC area on Tuesday.

Governor Parkinson kicked off the roundtable by talking about how long term and post-acute care could help be a part of the solution to the growing federal debt and deficit challenge. He offered three areas AHCA/NCAL is focused on and continues to advocate our involvement to policymakers:
  • Site-neutral payments – to focus on more patient-centered care;
  • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) – to help move towards an episodic payment system and streamline health care; and
  • Improve quality – take advantage of new technology that can help lower costs. 
The discussion also led towards how the profession feels about possible Medicaid block grants, upcoming cuts to Medicare and certain provisions of health care reform, including the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

Check out the stories featuring or including Governor Parkinson following the roundtable:

A Blog post by Governor Parkinson: Keeping the Promise to America's Seniors 
On The Hill's Congress Blog
By Robert Pear, New York Times
By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
McKnight’s Long Term Care & Assisted Living
By Amy Lotven, Inside Health Policy  
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By Jim Berklan, McKnight’s Long Term Care & Assisted Living

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