Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The CDC Needs Your Help!

Lindsay Schwartz

The most reliable information comes directly from providers like you. In order for policy makers to make solid, evidence-based decisions about long-term care in the U.S., it is essential that the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) collect data from the 2,090 residential care communities invited to participate in the 2018 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP).

If your residential care community was randomly selected, you’ve been asked to represent not only your residential care community, but also other comparable residential care communities across the United States. With your help, we will have more accurate estimates about the amount and types of care provided to residents in residential care communities like yours. NSLTCP data will provide benchmarks, which will allow you to compare your residential care communities with other communities like your own. AHCA/NCAL and the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) support this research and regularly use data from the study.

If providers have questions about NSLTCP, they can feel free to contact the NSLTCP Help Desk today at (877) 256-8029.  For more information about the survey visit the NCHS website. To the 25% of residential care communities that participated in the 2018 NSLTCP—thank you! To the 75% of providers that were invited to participate and have not completed the 2018 NSLTCP questionnaires, we encourage you to do so and make your voices heard!

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