President and CEO, American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living
Parkinson, who has headed the organizations since 2011, has vigorously opposed federal proposals to set minimum staffing standards for nursing homes, saying that the mandate could potentially displace nearly 300,000 nursing home residents. AHCA/NCAL has also said the proposed rule would require facilities to hire more than 100,000 additional nurses and nurses’ aides and cost nursing homes $6.8 billion a year. In 2023, the NCAL joined other organizations to create the Quality in Assisted Living Collaborative, which will develop best-practice guidance for assisted living facilities, starting with recommended infection prevention and control guidelines. Also in 2023, the organizations launched a national campaign to educate people about career opportunities in long-term care.