Thursday, March 19, 2015

LTC Trend Tracker Continues to be Updated and Improved

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) developed LTC Trend Tracker as a central place to access key data, including all the information CMS collects on skilled nursing centers. In addition, members can find exclusive, in-house measures to help gain insight on hospital readmissions and discharges to the community.

To ensure members get the most from this web-based resource, AHCA continues to make updates and improve LTC Trend Tracker.

Updated Five Star Reports Now Available
The Five Star reports have been updated in LTC Trend Tracker to reflect the recent CMS changes. These reports include the Five Star Overall, as well as the predictor reports – Five Star Quality Measure (QM) Report and Five Star Staffing Report. The Rating Predictor features allow users to see how potential changes can impact a center’s Five Star QM Rating and Staffing Rating. AHCA has developed several resources to assist you in using this report, including a help document and webinar.

New to LTC Trend Tracker – Length of Stay
AHCA members can now utilize the new Length of Stay (LOS) metric offered in LTC Trend Tracker. The new feature calculates the median LOS for all new admissions from a hospital, as well as the percentage of new admissions who have stays of seven, 14, 20 and 45 days or fewer.

The LOS metric is:

  • Based on MDS 3.0 data
  • Calculated for new admissions regardless of payor status to a nursing center from a hospital
  • Calculated based on the number of days between their admission and discharge from the Center

Check out the LOS help document to learn how to use this report and for more information.

Login today at to learn more. Please contact the LTC Trend Tracker team at with any questions or for additional assistance.

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