Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Participate in the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers

Lindsay Schwartz

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has launched the third wave of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), a biennial national study of the major sectors of paid, regulated providers of long-term care services. This data collection effort includes a representative sample of assisted living and similar residential care communities across the country. Your assisted living or residential care community may be one of them. Data collection started in August 2016 and will continue through February 2017. Residential care operators, managers, administrators or directors are asked to provide information about their residential care community through a mail or web questionnaire that will take on average 30 minutes to complete. Since the third week of October, smaller residential care communities who did not respond by web or mail, have been given the option to complete the survey over the telephone. At the end of November, larger residential care communities who had not responded via mail or web by November 23 have also been given that option. NSLTCP collects information about the characteristics of residential care providers, the services they offer, and their staffing; and the demographics, functional status and health of the residents they serve. This information will help policymakers, health care planners, and providers better understand, plan for, and serve the future long-term care needs of the older population and disabled adults. While results from this survey, including state estimates, will be made publicly available, all data will be kept confidential and will be aggregated, so that the names of the residential care communities, staff, residents and respondents will not be identifiable. Participation is voluntary. The power of this survey depends on participation. If your residential care community is contacted, make your voice heard by participating in the study. NCHS has contracted with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research organization, to collect 2016 NSLTCP data. If you have questions about completing the questionnaire, or received a questionnaire packet in the mail but no longer have it or cannot find it, please contact the NSLTCP Help Desk today at 1-866-245-8078. For more information please visit the NSLTCP website.


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