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News from the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study

This website contains an archive of monthly newsletters that were distributed to subscribers of the Long-term Care Listserv. The listserv is a way to get information about activities, products and release dates for the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Survey (NPALS), formerly the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP).

DECEMBER, 2023

STATS OF THE MONTH

In recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 4-8, 2023), we present estimates from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS):

Updates

* Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NCHS is conducting a Direct Care Worker (DCW) Pilot Study in adult day services centers, residential care communities, and nursing homes to determine the feasibility of conducting a national survey in the future.  DCWs such as certified nursing assistants, nursing assistants, home health aides, home care aides, personal care aides, personal care assistants, and medication technicians or medication aides are included.

* Updated long-term care dashboard “Biennial Overview of Post-acute and Long-term Care” is available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables/overview.htm.
The Biennial Overview of Post-acute and Long-term Care in the United States dashboard was initially released in June and focused on national data for adult day and residential care sectors from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study. The updated dashboard includes data on home health, hospice, nursing home, inpatient rehabilitation hospital, and long-term care hospital sectors. Subsequent releases will provide state-level data.

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities data briefs and web tables of state estimates are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/reports.htm.

* Data collection for the residential care community and adult day components of the 2022 NPALS ended in March 2023.

* Final COVID data from the adult day and residential care components of the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) are available from the NCHS COVID dashboard –

*Restricted data files for the adult day services center and residential care components of 2020 NPALS are now available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC).

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours! How have you used information from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov. In the subject field of your email, write “My NSLTCP data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NSLTCP.

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS NEWSLETTER.

NOVEMBER, 2023

STATS OF THE MONTH

In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month (November 2023), we present data from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS):

Updates

* Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NCHS is conducting a Direct Care Worker (DCW) Pilot Study in adult day services centers, residential care communities, and nursing homes to determine the feasibility of conducting a national survey in the future. DCWs such as certified nursing assistants, nursing assistants, home health aides, home care aides, personal care aides, personal care assistants, and medication technicians or medication aides are included.

* Updated long-term care dashboard “Biennial Overview of Post-acute and Long-term Care” available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables/overview.htm .

The Biennial Overview of Post-acute and Long-term Care in the United States dashboard was initially released in June and focused on national data for adult day and residential care sectors from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study. The updated dashboard includes data on home health, hospice, nursing home, inpatient rehabilitation hospital, and long-term care hospital sectors. Subsequent releases will provide state-level data.

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities data briefs and web tables of state estimates are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/reports.htm .

* Data collection for the residential care community and adult day components of the 2022 NPALS ended in March 2023.

* Final COVID data from the adult day and residential care components of the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) are available from the NCHS COVID dashboard –

*Restricted data files for the adult day services center and residential care components of 2020 NPALS are now available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC) .

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours! How have you used information from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov. In the subject field of your email, write “My NPALS data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NPALS.

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS NEWSLETTER.

OCTOBER, 2023

STATS OF THE MONTH

In recognition of National Depression Screening Day (October 5), we present data from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS):

Updates

* Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NCHS is conducting a Direct Care Worker (DCW) Pilot Study in adult day services centers, residential care communities, and nursing homes to determine the feasibility of conducting a national survey in the future. DCWs such as certified nursing assistants, nursing assistants, home health aides, home care aides, personal care aides, personal care assistants, and medication technicians or medication aides are included.

* Data from the 2020 NPALS are now available in a new long-term care dashboard “Biennial Overview of Post-acute and Long-term Care” at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables/overview.htm.

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities data briefs and web tables of state estimates are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/reports.htm.

* Data collection for the residential care community and adult day components of the 2022 NPALS ended in March 2023.

* Final COVID data from the adult day and residential care components of the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) are available from the NCHS COVID dashboard –

*Restricted data files for the adult day services center and residential care components of 2020 NPALS are now available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC).

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours! How have you used information from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov. In the subject field of your email, write “My NPALS data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NPALS.

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS NEWSLETTER.

SEPTEMBER, 2023

STATS OF THE MONTH

In recognition of National Assisted Living Week (September 10–16) we present estimates from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS):

  • In 2020, there were about 30,600 assisted living and similar residential care communities (RCCs ) serving around 818,800 residents (estimates are rounded to the nearest hundred).

In recognition of National Adult Day Services Week (September 17–23) we present estimates from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS):

  • In 2020, there were about 4,100 adult day services centers (ADSCs ) serving around 237,400 participants (estimates are rounded to the nearest hundred).

Source: Estimates from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study Survey Methodology for the Adult Day Services Center and Residential Care Community Components

Updates

* Restricted data files for the adult day services center and residential care components of 2020 NPALS are now available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC).

* Data from the 2018 study are processed and public use files are now available for download from the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) website.

* Restricted use files that include variables not included in the 2018 public use files are available through Research Data Center (RDC) website.

* Beginning January 2020, NSLTCP has been renamed the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS).

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours! How have you used information from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov. In the subject field of your email, write “My NPALS data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NPALS.

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS NEWSLETTER.

AUGUST, 2023

STATS OF THE MONTH

In recognition of National Seniors Day (August 21), we present estimates from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS):

Updates

* The 2020 national data for adult day and residential care are available from the Post-acute and Long-term Care dashboard – https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables/overview.htm.
* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities weighted national estimates and standard errors tables are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables.htm.
* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities data briefs and web tables of state estimates are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/reports.htm.
* Data collection for the residential care community and adult day components of the 2022 NPALS ended in March 2023.
* Final COVID data from the adult day and residential care components of the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) are available from the NCHS COVID dashboard –

* Restricted data files for the adult day services center and residential care components of 2020 NPALS are available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC).

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours!
How have you used information from the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov. In the subject field of your email, write “My NPALS data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NPALS.

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS NEWSLETTER

JULY, 2023

STATS OF THE MONTH

In recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (July 1–31), we present data from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS):

  • In 2020, 28% of participants in adult day services centers (ADSCs ) predominantly serving racial/ethnic minorities1 had a diagnosis of depression compared with 24% of participants in ADSCs predominantly serving non-Hispanic White2 participants.
  • In 2020, 23% of residents in assisted living and other residential care communities (RCCs ) predominantly serving racial/ethnic minorities1 had a diagnosis of depression compared with 29% of residents in RCCs predominantly serving non-Hispanic White2 residents.

1ADSCs/RCCs were categorized as predominantly serving racial/ethnic minorities if more than 80% of enrolled participants/residents were Hispanic, non-Hispanic Black, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, two or more races, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander or other race/ethnicity category.

2ADSCs/RCCs were categorized as predominantly serving non-Hispanic White participants/residents if more than 80% of enrolled participants/residents were non-Hispanic White.

Source

Updates

* The 2020 national data for adult day and residential care dashboard are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables/overview.htm .
* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities weighted national estimates and standard errors tables are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables.htm .
* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities data briefs and web tables of state estimates are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/reports.htm .
* Data collection for the residential care community and adult day components of the 2022 NPALS ended in March 2023.
* Final COVID data from the adult day and residential care components of the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) are available from the NCHS COVID dashboard –

* Restricted data files for the adult day services center and residential care components of 2020 NPALS are available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC) .

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours! How have you used information from the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov . In the subject field of your email, write “My NPALS data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NPALS.

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS NEWSLETTER

JUNE, 2023

STATS OF THE MONTH

In recognition of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month (June 2023), we present estimates from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS).

Updates

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities weighted national estimates and standard errors tables are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables.htm .

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities data briefs and web tables of state estimates are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/reports.htm.

* Data collection for the residential care community and adult day components of the 2022 NPALS ended in March 2023.

* Final COVID data from the adult day and residential care components of the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) are available from the NCHS COVID dashboard –

* Restricted data files for the adult day services center and residential care components of 2020 NPALS are available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC) .

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours! How have you used information from the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov. In the subject field of your email, write “My NPALS data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NPALS.

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS NEWSLETTER

MAY, 2023

STATS OF THE MONTH

In recognition of National Osteoporosis Month (May 2023), we present estimates from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS).

Updates
* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities weighted national estimates and standard errors tables are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables.htm .

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities data briefs and web tables of state estimates are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/reports.htm.

* Data collection for the residential care community and adult day components of the 2022 NPALS ended in March 2023.

* Final COVID data from the adult day and residential care components of the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) are available from the NCHS COVID dashboard –

* Restricted data files for the adult day services center and residential care components of 2020 NPALS are available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC) .

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours! How have you used information from the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov. In the subject field of your email, write “My NPALS data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NPALS.

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS NEWSLETTER

APRIL, 2023

STATS OF THE MONTH

In recognition of National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2023), we present estimates from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS).

Updates

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities weighted national estimates and standard errors tables are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables.htm .

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities data briefs and web tables of state estimates are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/reports.htm .

* Data collection for the residential care community and adult day components of the 2022 NPALS ended in March 2023.  * Final COVID data from the adult day and residential care components of the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) are available from the NCHS COVID dashboard –

* Restricted data files for the adult day services center and residential care components of 2020 NPALS are available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC) .

New Products

•         Lendon JP, Caffrey C, Lau DT. End-Of-Life Care Planning and Bereavement Practices Among Adult Day Services Centers, 2018. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®. 2023;0(0). doi:10.1177/10499091231163269 

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours! How have you used information from the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov. In the subject field of your email, write “My NPALS data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NPALS.

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS NEWSLETTER

MARCH, 2023

STATS OF THE MONTH

In recognition of National Kidney Month (March 2023), we present estimates from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS).

Updates

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities weighted national estimates and standard errors tables are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables.htm .

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities data briefs and web tables of state estimates are available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/reports.htm.

* Data collection for the residential care community and adult day components of the 2022 NPALS was launched in September 2022.

* Final COVID data from the adult day and residential care components of the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) are available from the NCHS COVID dashboard –

* Restricted data files for the adult day services center and residential care components of 2020 NPALS are available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC).

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours! How have you used information from the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov. In the subject field of your email, write “My NPALS data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NPALS.

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY, 2023

STATS OF THE MONTH

In recognition of American Heart Month (February 2023), we present estimates from the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS).

Updates

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities weighted national estimates and standard errors tables are now available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/webtables.htm.

* The 2020 adult day services centers and residential care communities data briefs and web tables of state estimates are now available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/reports.htm.

* Data collection for the residential care community and adult day components of the 2022 NPALS was launched in September 2022.   

* Final COVID data from the adult day and residential care components of the 2020 National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) are now available from the NCHS COVID dashboard –

* Restricted data files for the adult day services center and residential care components of 2020 NPALS are now available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC).

* Beginning January 2020, NSLTCP has been renamed the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS).

 New Products

  • Caffrey C, Melekin A, Lu Z, Sengupta M. Variation in residential care community resident characteristics, by size of community: United States, 2020. NCHS Data Brief, no 454. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2022. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.15620/cdc:121910.
  • Singh P, Lu Z, Sengupta M. Variation in adult day services center participant characteristics by center ownership: United States, 2020. NCHS Data Brief, no 453. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2022. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.15620/cdc:122046.

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours! How have you used information from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov. In the subject field of your email, write “My NSLTCP data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NSLTCP.

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JANUARY, 2023

2022 Year in Review

In 2022, the Long-Term Care Statistics Branch (LTCSB) at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) had a productive year, providing timely data to the public in a variety of ways, publishing reports and making presentations of findings in conferences and meetings. LTCSB released several data files and publications using data from the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) surveys of adult day services centers (ADSCs) and residential care communities (RCCs). You can find these publications and data releases at the links in the sections below.

NCHS Reports 

  1. Melekin A, Lu Z, Singh P, Lendon JP, Caffrey C, Sengupta M. Long-term care providers and services users in the United States—Residential care component: National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study, 2020: Weighted national estimates and standard errors. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2022. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/npals/2020-NPALS-RCC-Weighted-Estimates-508.pdf.
  2. Melekin A, Singh P, Lu Z, Lendon JP, Caffrey C, Sengupta M. Long-term care providers and services users in the United States—Adult day services center component: National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study, 2020: Weighted national estimates and standard errors. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2022. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/npals/2020-NPALS-ADSC-Weighted-Estimates-508.pdf.
  3. Caffrey C, Melekin A, Lu Z, Sengupta M. Variation in residential care community resident characteristics, by size of community: United States, 2020. NCHS Data Brief, no 454. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2022. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.15620/cdc:121910.
  4. Singh P, Lu Z, Sengupta M. Variation in adult day services center participant characteristics by center ownership: United States, 2020. NCHS Data Brief, no 453. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2022. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.15620/cdc:122046.
  5. Melekin, A. and Sengupta, M. QuickStats: Percentage of Residential Care Communities that Offer Annual Influenza Vaccination to Residents and to Employees and Contract Staff Members, by Community Bed Size – United States, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7140a6.
  6. Caffrey, C. and Sengupta, M. QuickStats: Percentage of Residential Care Communities That Use Electronic Health Records, by Community Bed Size — United States, 2016 and 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7139a7.
  7. Sengupta M, Lendon JP, Caffrey C, Melekin A, Singh P. Post-acute and long-term care providers and services users in the United States, 2017–2018. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 3(47). 2022. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.15620/cdc:115346.
    • Sengupta M, Lendon JP, Caffrey C, Melekin A, Singh P. Figures from Post-acute and Long-term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States, 2017–2018. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 3(47). 2022. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/npals/Series-3-47-Slides.pptx.
  8. Sengupta M, Singh P, Melekin A. Eligibility rate differences among residential care communities: 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities and 2012–2018 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2(192). 2022. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.15620/cdc:115807.

Long-term Care and COVID-19 data

LTCSB updated the preliminary COVID-19 data dashboard with final 2020 NPALS estimates. Information about the experiences of COVID-19 among ADSCs and RCCs, including the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths among users and staff, practices taken to reduce COVID-19 exposure and transmission, and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/covid19/npals.htm.

2020 Data Release

Restricted use files for the residential care community and adult day components of NPALS are available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC).

Documentation is available under the 2020 tab here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/questionnaires.htm.

Presentations

LTCSB staff has presented at various conferences and meetings in 2022. These include the NIH Webinar Series: Data from National Center for Health Statistics, DHQP-DAV TF (CDC) PointClickCare collaborative call, and the Annual Meetings of the Gerontological Society of America 2022.

About NPALS

In January 2020, National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP) was renamed National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) to better reflect the scope of NCHS’ study of long-term and post-acute care. This new name reflects the addition of more post-acute sectors (inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals), while keeping the sectors (adult day services centers, assisted living and similar residential care communities, home health agencies, hospices, and nursing homes) that have been in the study since it launched in 2012. The information NCHS collects about ADSCs and participants and RCCs and residents remains the same.

LTCSB would like to thank you for following our listserv and for your continued use and support of NPALS. In 2023, LTCSB will publish NPALS products using the 2020 data. Please stay tuned. From all of us here at NCHS, we wish you a wonderful new year!

Data Tell Stories. Tell Us Yours! How have you used information from the National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study? Email us a brief description at LTCSBFeedback@cdc.gov. In the subject field of your email, write “My NPALS data use example”. Your examples will help us showcase the value of NPALS. To learn more about NPALS, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/npals/about_npals.htm