Groucho Marx famously quipped, “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” If he worked for AHCA/NCAL, perhaps he’d feel otherwise.
Now it appears that the LT/PAC profession’s leading trade association is also getting outside recognition: The Washington Post today named it the 16th top small workplace in Washington, D.C., and the top association in the small category in its Top Workplaces for 2015. Created in 2006, the honor recognizes organizations with greater than 50 employees who out-perform their peer groups in key areas of employment and employee satisfaction. Recognition is based on an anonymous employee survey sent by the paper.
AHCA/NCAL represents more than 12,000 nonprofit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, post-acute centers, and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each of the association’s 100 employees is dedicated to improving the lives of millions of people who are frail, elderly, or have disabilities and who receive long term or post-acute care in the association’s member facilities.
“The Greater Washington area is full of extremely talented and bright individuals, and our members have given us the tools and ability to go out and recruit the best minds in the country,” said Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO. “Our employees are the heart and soul of the association, and we strive to create an environment that allows them to develop professionally and be successful. Only through this can we achieve our mission to improve lives by delivering solutions for quality care.”
This mission statement is taken to heart by all the employees. Not only do they talk the talk, they also walk the walk, as the past several months have shown.
In April, AHCA/NCAL successfully lobbied and was instrumental in the passage of legislation to fix the sustainable growth rate or “doc fix” bill. In May, the association also formally launched its expanded Quality Initiative as well as announced its Bronze Medal National Quality Award Program recipients. This month, over 400 advocates attended AHCA/NCAL’s Congressional Briefing and took to the Hill to speak to members of Congress and their staffs.
Groucho Marx also once said, “No man goes before his time—unless the boss leaves early.” AHCA/NCAL staff don’t follow this practice. Whether it’s prepping for a meeting with CMS or a congressional member, proofing the latest issue of Provider, or playing ball with the press, staffers put in long hours for the cause.
Congratulations, AHCA/NCAL–you’re the top!
Jackie Oberst is Provider’s managing editor. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter, @ProviderMag.