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American Health Care Association
Advocating Quality in Long Term Care

As the nation’s largest association of long term and post-acute care providers, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) advocates for quality care and services for frail, elderly and disabled Americans. Compassionate and caring employees provide essential care to one million individuals in our 11,000 not-for-profit and proprietary member facilities.

AHCA represents the long term care community to the nation at large – to government, business leaders, and the general public. It also serves as a force for change within the long term care field, providing information, education, and administrative tools that enhance quality at every level.
At its Washington, DC headquarters, the association maintains legislative, regulatory and public affairs, as well as member services staff that work both internally and externally to assist the interests of government and the general public, as well as member providers. In that respect, AHCA represents its membership to all publics, and national leadership to its members.
At its second conference as an organization, in 1949, AHCA established tenets which still stand today, though somewhat expanded and particularized: The object of this association shall be:
•To improve the standards of service and administration of member nursing homes.
•To secure and merit public and official recognition and approval of the work of nursing homes.
•To adopt and promote programs of education, legislation, better understanding and mutual cooperation.
The ultimate focus is on providing quality care to the nation's frail, elderly and disabled, who are served by the long term care professionals who comprise AHCA's membership. These providers believe that the individuals whom they serve are entitled to a supportive environment in which professional and compassionate care is delivered. This belief compels AHCA, its affiliates and member providers to advocate for individuals who – because of social needs, disability, trauma or illness – require services provided in a long term care setting, while also advocating for the continuing vitality of long term care provider community.
AHCA believes this necessitates their commitment to developing necessary and reasonable public policies which balance economic and regulatory principles to support quality care and quality of life, and is dedicated to professionalism and ethical behavior among all who provide long term care.

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