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The National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP)

Thank you for participating in 2014 and looking forward to 2016!

IconData collection for the 2014 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), ended in January 2015. Thanks in part to the tremendous outreach efforts by NADSA, the final response rate for the adult day services center questionnaire was 58%. NCHS sincerely appreciates all the adult day services center directors and staff who took the time to complete this important questionnaire.

Currently, NCHS is editing the 2014 data files to prepare them for release through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC) by the end of the year. Additionally, NCHS is preparing a long-term care overview report that will feature important findings on adult day services centers from the 2014 NSLTCP, together with the other four major long-term care providers: nursing homes, home health care agencies, hospices, and residential care communities. In addition, NCHS is currently working on stand-alone reports on adult day services centers and participants. These reports will include national- and state-level estimates where possible, on both center and participant characteristics, such as center size, ownership, services provided, and funding; participant demographics, such as age, sex, and race; and participant physical and cognitive functioning status, such as limitations in activities of daily living and cognitive impairments, among other characteristics. These reports are scheduled for release in late 2015.

The Long-Term Care Statistics Branch recently released two excellent sources of state-level information on adult day services centers from the 2012 NSLTCP survey wave: (1) web tables and maps that complement the data presented in the 2013 overview report of long-term care services and (2) web tables on the use of electronic health records and availability of health information exchange among adult day services centers. With this data, individual states can compare the characteristics of centers and participants in their state with centers and participants in other states across the nation, and with the national average.

NSLTCP is conducted every other year, and the next fielding is scheduled to begin in May 2016. Policymakers, long-term care providers, health care planners, and researchers look to these data to monitor changes in the adult day services industry, which is an important and growing sector of long-term care services and supports to the older and disabled populations.

Again, NCHS values the overwhelming support that NADSA and its members gave to this federal initiative, and NCHS looks forward to even more adult day services centers participating in the 2016 NSLTCP. Thank you for your continued support of NSLTCP!

—Vincent Rome, National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, MD