Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What's Trending in Long Term Care

By: Lisa Matthews-Martin, Senior Research Analyst

Spring is also a good time to get up-to-speed on trends in the long term and post-acute care world. If you’re looking for the latest statistics on changes in the industry, or if you just want to see data for your state alone, the AHCA Research webpage is a great place to start.

Those wanting a bird’s eye view of trends over time should look no further than AHCA’s Nursing Facility Trend Reports. These statistical reports are based on available information using standard Medicare and Medicaid certification surveys from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The most recent reports for 2012 include Trends in Nursing Facility Characteristics, which shows trends for selected patient and operational characteristics, and Trends in Nursing Facility Standard Health Survey Citation Reports, which feature trends in nursing facility survey results.

Providers can also get “in the weeds” to look at their own state’s data with AHCA’s Operational/Patient Characteristics Reports. Below are the most recent reports from 2012:

• Nursing Facility Patient Characteristics – includes the number, Activities of Daily Living (ADL) dependence, and medical condition of patients in nursing facilities.

• Nursing Facility Operational Characteristics – highlights ownership, certification status, occupancy rate, and direct care staffing.

• Nursing Facility Standard Health Survey (FTAG) Reports – features the most frequently cited health survey deficiencies, the distribution of the scope and severity of deficiencies, and the highest scope and severity citations.

• Nursing Facilities’ Standard Health Survey Results Citation Report – includes the number and percent of facilities cited for all health survey related deficiencies (F-Tags) at the national and state level.

• Nursing Facility Life Safety Survey (KTAG) Reports – shows the most frequently cited life safety deficiencies, the distribution of the scope and severity of deficiencies, and the highest scope and severity citations.

In addition to viewing the latest long term care research reports, AHCA members can take their organization’s data a step further with Long Term Care Trend Tracker. The free member benefit allows facilities and state associations alike to aggregate and compare their data online, which can help when making budgeting and operational decisions.

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