History and Mission

Our Mission

The Tennessee Health Care Association’s mission is to enhance the ability of its members to provide essential long-term care services for the elderly and disabled through education, advocacy and leadership. With integrity and innovation, THCA develops programs and services that maintain and advance the quality of care its members provide while improving public understanding of our role in the health care delivery system.

Founded in 1947, the Tennessee Health Care Association is dedicated to helping maintain the high standards of licensed long-term care facilities in the Volunteer State. THCA members include roughly 250 facilities with a combined total of approximately 28,000 patients. Members include nursing homes of all types – privately-owned, government operated and nonprofit – as well as some assisted care living facilities.

Its goals are:

  • To maintain the high standards of licensed long-term care facilities in Tennessee;
  • To boost public understanding of long-term care;
  • To provide members with educational opportunities that enhance their ability to provide quality care;
  • To seek positive solutions to issues facing long-term care as a liaison with the state and federal governments.

THCA is headquartered in Nashville, convenient to the state’s Capitol. THCA is governed by a House of Delegates that meets annually, as well as a Board of Directors that represents a cross-section of the membership. Seeing to the day-to-day operations of the association are an executive director and staff.

News & Highlights

2014 salary survey underway:

THCA is currently conducting a salary survey. Responses are due July 31. Click here to access the survey.

For Members: Level-of-Care Requirement Form

THCA has developed a form for members to use to document the effects of changes to level-of-care criteria for long-term care services. Click here  to access the form.

Online education through THCA Connects

Click here to learn about THCA’s distance learning program.

Guide to Long-term Care in Tennessee

What kind of care is right for my loved one? What questions should I ask? Who’s going to pay for it? THCA/TNCAL’s comprehensive guide to the long-term care industry in Tennessee has all the answers.

For THCA members: The reports are in

THCA has concluded its review of facility surveys completed March 11 – May 31, 2014.