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Adult Day Services Center Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about participating in NSLTCP, please see below:

 

What is the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP)?

NSLTCP is a groundbreaking initiative sponsored by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NSLTCP produces reliable national and state statistical estimates, where possible, on the supply, use and characteristics of adult day services centers, assisted living and similar residential care communities, nursing homes, home health agencies, and hospice agencies.

NCHS conducts NSLTCP every two years in order to provide accurate, up-to-date statistical information about adult day services centers and other long-term care services providers and the people they serve, and to detect changes that are occurring in the long-term care services industry over time.  Results and publications from the 2012 and 2014 NSLTCP waves are available from the NSLTCP Study Results and Publications page.

 

Why is NSLTCP being conducted?

The number of people in the United States needing long-term care services is increasing and adult day services centers are an important part of the long-term care services and supports spectrum. NSLTCP provides an accurate picture of adult day services centers and other types of long-term care providers, the range of services they provide, and the characteristics of the people they serve. NSLTCP data provide greater insight into how adult day services centers meet the needs of the older population and younger disabled adults, and can help to shape long-term care services policies.

 

How are NSLTCP data collected?

NSLTCP is composed of two types of data: survey questionnaire data for the adult day services and residential care sectors and administrative data for the home health, hospice and nursing home sectors.

NSLTCP data will be collected from adult day services center directors/administrators or designated staff through a questionnaire. You are only required to complete and submit the version of the questionnaire included in the survey packet that is mailed to your center at the start of fielding. RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research organization that is under contract with NCHS to collect the NSLTCP data. RTI International is a designated agent of NCHS.

Starting in August 2016, all adult day services centers that were included in NADSA’s database as of November 2016 are being mailed study packages with information on how to complete the questionnaire. Adult day services centers have the option to complete and submit the survey either by web using a secure network, or by mailing back the completed hard copy questionnaire using the enclosed return envelope.

In 2016, there are two versions of the Adult Day Services Center Questionnaire—version A and version B. NCHS uses two questionnaire versions in order to increase content without increasing burden for respondents. In order to produce accurate results, it is important to complete only the version that you receive. To view a copy of the Questionnaires, click on:

For data about the nursing home, home health, and hospice sectors, NCHS uses administrative data (i.e. claims, assessment, and regulatory survey and certification data) collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). NCHS obtains these administrative data under data use agreements with CMS.

 

What types of information does the NSLTCP questionnaire collect?

In 2016, there are two versions of the Adult Day Services Center Questionnaire-version A and version B. NCHS uses two questionnaire versions in order to increase content without increasing burden for respondents. 

Both versions of the questionnaires collect the same information about the characteristics of the residential care community and its residents, such as size, ownership, computerized capabilities, services provided, resident demographics and health and physical functioning, and numbers and types of staff, among other topics. The two versions differ in that one version collects information about Alzheimer’s disease services and falls, while the other version collects information about advance directives.

In order to produce accurate results, it is important to complete only the version that you receive.

To view a copy of the Questionnaires, click on:

 

How long will it take to complete the NSLTCP questionnaire?

The questionnaire takes on average about 30 minutes to complete, depending on the size of your adult day services center.

 

How was my adult day services center selected?

Each adult day services center, including yours, is invited and strongly encouraged to participate in NSLTCP to help produce an accurate picture of adult day services centers in the United States and in your state.

 

Should I complete a questionnaire if I participated a couple years ago?

Yes. Your participation in this 2016 survey is important. NSLTCP is conducted every two years to produce accurate, up-to-date information about adult day services centers, other long-term care services providers, and the people they serve to detect changes in the long-term care industry over time.

 

Why is it important for my adult day services center to participate?

Participating in NSLTCP is a tremendous opportunity to make sure that the adult day services industry is accurately represented.  NSLTCP data will provide benchmarks, which will allow you to compare your center with all participating centers in the nation and, where possible, in your state.  

NCHS recognizes that adult day services centers are an important part of the long-term care services and support spectrum in the United States. Participating in NSLTCP is a tremendous opportunity to make sure that the adult day services sector is accurately represented in an on-going study to track trends in the long-term care services industry. Your participation will help to accurately represent other adult day services centers similar to yours, and you cannot be replaced.

 

What if my organization operates multiple adult day services centers?

We have tried to include all adult day services centers in the United States in this study.  It is likely your organization will receive multiple questionnaires.  Please complete each questionnaire only for the center whose name and address appear on the label on the front of the questionnaire. It is important that you complete a survey for each center separately so that the government can make accurate estimates of adult day services centers in the United States. Please do not provide answers for multiple centers on one questionnaire. 

 

I am the director of more than one adult day services center.  The questionnaires I received for each adult day services center do not have the same questions.  Did I receive the correct questionnaires?

We have two versions of the questionnaire, and some of the questions differ between the two versions. This is intentional.  Having two versions allows us to include more questions in the study for data analysis without increasing the amount of time it takes you to complete each of the questionnaires.

 

How do I know NSLTCP is a legitimate study?

NCHS is the federal government’s principal health statistics agency. The initial authority for NCHS surveys is the National Health Survey Act (Public Law 84-652), which was enacted by Congress on July 3, 1956.

Because of its importance, NSLTCP has received support from national organizations representing adult day services centers.  The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA), LeadingAge, and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) support NSLTCP and encourage your participation in NSLTCP. These organizations have provided a joint letter of support [PDF - 139 KB].

 

Is information about my adult day services center kept confidential?

Yes. All information collected will be the property of NCHS and kept strictly confidential. The identity of specific adult day services centers will not be released in any manner, except to NCHS staff, contractors, and designated agents when required and with necessary controls. Results of the study will be published using only aggregated data that will not allow identification of any individual adult day services center or participant.

Our Strictly Confidential Brochure [PDF - 359 KB] gives more detail about confidentiality. For further information, please see the NCHS Confidentiality webpage or contact Eve Powell-Griner, NCHS Confidentiality Officer at 301 458-4257 or E-mail: EPowell-Griner@cdc.gov.

 

Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule allow my adult day services center to participate in NSLTCP?

Yes. Since NSLTCP does not collect any protected health information (e.g., personal identifiers such as name, social security number, or birth date of participants), the study is not subject to the Privacy Rule mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In other words, your adult day services center can participate in NSLTCP, as the Privacy Rule mandated by HIPAA does not apply to NSLTCP.

 

How will NSLTCP data be used?

NSLTCP data will be used by the U.S. Congress and other public health policy makers, government agencies, the long-term care industry, academic institutions, professional associations, and health services researchers, as well as the media, to describe and understand the changes that occur in the delivery of long-term care services.

The NSLTCP Study Results and Publications page contains a variety of free reports and other products that have been published using data from previous NSLTCP waves.  If you would like to be notified when new NSLTCP products are available, we invite you to subscribe to the NCHS long-term care listserv.

 

Whom can I contact if I have additional questions?

You can call our toll-free number 1-866-245-8078 to talk with a study representative about the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers.

If you have any further questions or comments related to participating in this study, please contact:
Lauren Harris-Kojetin
National Center for Health Statistics
Chief, Long-Term Care Statistics Branch
3311 Toledo Road, Room 3419
Hyattsville, Maryland 20782
Phone: 301-458-4369
Fax: 301-458-4693
Email: LHarrisKojetin@cdc.gov

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