Better to understand them, accommodate them, and attempt to profit from your involvement in them. That is precisely what the nursing home association in my state has decided to do in addressing a waiver request submitted by the state Medicaid agency to revamp Maryland's long-term care system. That response by organized long-term care will be the topic of my next column.
Paul R. Willging, PhD, was involved in long-term care policy development at the highest levels for more than 20 years. For 16 years as president/CEO of the American Health Care Association, Dr. Willging went on to cofound the successful Johns Hopkins Seniors Housing and Care postgraduate program (cosponsored by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industries), and later served as president/CEO of the Assisted Living Federation of America. He has enjoyed an equally long-lived reputation for offering outspoken, often provocative views on long-term care.