About the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers
The four main goals of NSLTCP are to:
- Estimate the U.S. national supply of paid regulated LTC providers (i.e., nursing home, home health care, residential care, adult day care, hospice).
- Estimate key policy-relevant characteristics and practices of these providers nationally and monitor trends over time, overall and by provider type.
- Estimate the use of these providers nationally and monitor trends over time, overall and by provider type.
- Estimate key policy-relevant characteristics of these users nationally and monitor trends over time, overall and by provider type.
NSLTCP was designed to be responsive to multiple factors--NCHS’ 2009 Board of Scientific Counselors external review panel’s key recommendation to integrate all existing and future LTC provider surveys into a unified study, challenges NCHS has faced with previous long-term care provider surveys, and NCHS’ goal to monitor the continual changes occurring in the LTC field in a time of increasingly limited resources. Among its new design features, NSLTCP will:
- Broaden the NCHS coverage of paid regulated LTC providers to include residential care facilities and adult day service centers in addition to nursing homes, home health care agencies, and hospices.
- Use existing administrative data on LTC providers where available (i.e., nursing homes, home health agencies, and hospices).
- Collect primary data every other year from cross-sectional nationally representative sample surveys of LTC providers for which administrative data do not exist (i.e., residential care facilities and adult day service centers).
- Enable comparisons across LTC provider types at the same point in time.
NCHS plans to field the first residential care facility and adult day services center surveys as part of NSLTCP in late 2012.
NCHS expects to release the first NSLTCP overview report on the supply and use of paid, regulated LTC in the United States in late 2013, using a combination of survey and administrative data. This first report will include nursing homes, home health care agencies, hospices, residential care facilities, and adult day service centers.
For more information and announcements:
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