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The California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) is a nonprofit professional association founded in 1950 to serve as a statewide organization for long-term care providers. The association and its members are dedicated to improving the quality of long-term health care in California through educational programs and proactive advocacy with the Legislature and administrative agencies.

CAHF's membership is comprised of more than 1,350 licensed nonprofit and proprietary health facilities serving a wide spectrum of needs in a variety of settings.

CAHF's members include skilled-nursing facilities, subacute-care facilities, intermediate-care facilities, intermediate-care facilities for the intellectually disabled, institutes for mental health and products and services providers.

Our guiding principles are:

  • Care of patients, clients and residents at every level of the continuum should be focused on individual need and consistent with the highest professional standards.

  • Meeting the needs of people who require continuous health care outside the hospital or home muse be considered a mandatory element of any major health care reform effort.

  • Public health policy should be broad-based and allow private sector initiative, market forces and consumer demand to shape the delivery system.

  • In conjunction with an enhanced focus on quality assurance and outcome measurements, the regulatory system should ensure quality through the adoption of reasonable requirements providing positive incentives for good patient outcomes.

  • Health care financing should feature a stable combination of public and private mechanisms which encourage delivery of high-quality patient care at an affordable price.

  • Education, training and career opportunities for long-term care employees must be expanded to enhance the workforce and improve the quality of patient care.

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