CDC Study of LTC to be Conducted

Beginning in September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will be sending questionnaires to a national sample of assisted living and residential care communities for the National Study of Long Term Care Providers (NSLTCP) report.  Assisted living/residential care is the first category of providers to be surveyed. (NCHS indicates that assisted living/residential care providers will spend an average of 30 minutes to complete the questionnaire.)  The NSLTCP is a new government initiative that will combine data from the entire spectrum of long term care providers, from assisted living providers to hospices. It replaces the previously conducted National Nursing Home Survey, National Home and Hospice Care Survey, and most recently, the National Survey of Residential Care Facilities.  NSLTCP will provide nationally representative statistical information about the supply and use of paid, regulated long-term care (LTC) providers in the United States. This study, which will be conducted every other year, will help address the nation's information needs to inform future LTC policy.

NCHS is fielding these questionnaires to collect information for an overview report on the supply and consumer use of the major types of paid, regulated long term care providers in the United States. This overview report will include national and state-level information on: assisted living/residential care communities, nursing homes, home health care agencies, adult day service centers, and hospice. NCHS currently plans to release the report in late 2013.