American Health Care Association (AHCA) president and CEO Mark Parkinson is the leader of the nation’s largest lobbying group for nursing homes. He didn’t mince words about the dangers of the novel coronavirus during a nationally televised interview.
“The grim reality is that for the elderly, COVID-19 is almost a perfect killing machine,” Parkinson said.
The mortality rate for the 84-and-older population that makes up the vast majority of nursing home residents is well north of 15%.
“In our facilities, the average age is 84, and everyone has underlying medical conditions,” he said. “So when you combine those factors together, we are dealing with perhaps the greatest challenge that we ever have in the history of our sector.”