Third Wave of National Study of Long-Term Care Providers to Begin Summer 2016: All ADS Centers are Invited to Participate

CDCStarting this summer , the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) and National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will conduct the third wave of a biennial nationally representative survey of ADS centers, as part of its groundbreaking National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP). NSLTCP is an ongoing federally funded data collection effort to gather and report national and state information about the characteristics of ADS centers, other paid, regulated long-term care services providers, and the people they serve.

CDC uses the information collected through NSLTCP to produce publicly available reports and findings on the major long-term care services sectors including adult day services centers, assisted living and other residential care communities, home health agencies, nursing homes, and hospices. Reports from the second wave of the NSLTCP survey conducted in 2014 include Long-Term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States: Data from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, 2013-2014, reports with national results on ADS centers and participants, and tables with state information on ADS centers and participants. CDC thanks all of the ADS centers that completed and submitted your questionnaires in the second NSLTCP wave. Your participation made it possible to provide these accurate and relevant findings to you, other providers, policy makers, advocates, and researchers.

As part of this third survey wave, directors of the approximately 5,350 ADS centers identified in the U.S. will be asked to complete the NSLTCP questionnaire. NSLTCP is designed to collect information about the characteristics of ADS centers, including the services they offer, participant fee revenue sources, staffing, and the demographics and health status of the participants they serve.

Questionnaires can be completed and submitted online or by mailing in a hard copy version of the completed questionnaire. Information and links for the online questionnaire will start being mailed in May-June, along with a packet containing the hardcopy version of the questionnaire and other information about the study. The 2016 questionnaires will take on average 30 minutes to complete. Providing accurate responses to each question, including filling in zeroes where applicable, is very important for data quality. When you submit the completed questionnaire, you help ensure that the ADS industry will be accurately represented in the next wave of NSLTCP reports.

NADSA continues to be a key supporter in the development and promotion of NSLTCP. This collaboration has been valuable in ensuring that NSLTCP captures the unique characteristics of ADS centers and the important work they do in meeting the diverse needs of the more than one-quarter million elderly and young disabled participants they serve each day. NADSA along with LeadingAge and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities have provided a joint letter of support for NSLTCP to encourage participation by all ADS center directors.

The 2016 data collected from each participating ADS center will be kept confidential, as was done for the 2012 and 2014 NSLTCP waves. NCHS has a long history of conducting surveys and is required by federal law to protect the privacy of the information it collects in its surveys.

NCHS has contracted with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research organization to collect NSLTCP data.

It is important for center directors to return the completed questionnaire to RTI as early as possible, preferably when they receive the first questionnaire packet. This will help avoid spending unnecessary federal funds in follow-up mailings and telephone calls to encourage center directors to participate in the survey.

This federal study represents a significant opportunity for the ADS industry to be recognized for its important role as a major long-term care services provider. Participation by all ADS centers will contribute to this effort and help ensure that CDC’s reports accurately reflect trends in the ADS industry. NADSA encourages all ADS centers to participate in the 2016 study because every center counts!

Additional information about NSLTCP is available online. Links to all NSLTCP reports and products from the 2012 and 2014 surveys of adult day services can be accessed by visiting NSLTCP’s Study Publications and Reports.

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