**SPECIAL BULLETIN: Daub out as AHCA chief**

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Little more than a year into the job, Hal Daub is out as president and CEO of the American Health Care Association. The group issued a statement this afternoon, naming AHCA chief counsel Bruce Yarwood as acting president and CEO.

It was not immediately clear whether Daub resigned or was forced out. But the change comes less than a week after an alliance of 15 of the nation's biggest nursing home chains said its members were pulling out to pursue a more tightly focused agenda. Such a massive withdrawal would play havoc with AHCA's finances and viability. While it was not stated as a specific reason for the withdrawal, it was clear that the large national chains were upset with Daub's conciliatory statements about federal officials after they announced Medicare rate cutbacks this summer.

Daub, a former U.S. congressman and mayor of Omaha, NE, officially took the top spot at the nation largest nursing home association July 19, 2004. Shortly thereafter, he told McKnight's Long-Term Care News, "I told the directors I'd give them at least five years, if they'd keep me around that long."

Calls seeking comment from AHCA Board Chairman Steve Chies were not returned in time for this bulletin.

Daub, remains an attorney with the law firm of Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, LLP, and will pursue other policy initiatives according to the AHCA statement.

"I stated from my first day that my tenure would be one focused on AHCA's visibility, identity, and that AHCA be an organization focused on one mission, one voice, among a very diverse long term care population," he said in the statement. "AHCA has now reached a point after a constructive, lengthy debate regarding its structure to refocus its advocacy efforts at the state and national levels, and I am very optimistic about its future as an organization and a profession.

Also as part of the "orderly leadership succession" announced this afternoon, AHCA has named Jennifer Shimer, currently senior vice president for business development and communications, to acting COO, a newly created senior management position.

McKnight's LTC News Daily Update will feature continuing coverage of this evolving situation.