Friday, December 20, 2013

U.S. Long-Term Care Services

The National Center for Health Statistics of the CDC has released, Long-Term Care Services in the United States: 2013 Overview.  Written by Dr. Lauren Harris-Kojetin, Dr. Manisha Sengupta, Dr. Eunice Park-Lee, and Roberto Valverde, M.P.H., the report is replete with helpful data. The executive summary describes the report as:

Long-term care services include a broad range of services that meet the needs of frail older people and other adults with functional limitations. Long-Term care services provided by paid, regulated providers are a significant component of personal health care spending in the United States. This report presents descriptive results from the first wave of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), which was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Data presented in this report are drawn from five sources: NCHS surveys of adult day services centers and residential care communities, and administrative records obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on home health agencies, hospices, and nursing homes. This report provides information on the supply,  organizational characteristics, staffing, and services offered by providers of long-term care services; and the demographic, health, and functional composition of users of these services. Service users include residents of nursing homes and residential care communities, patients of home health agencies and hospices, and participants of adult day services centers.

Key findings include:

  • In 2012, about 58,500 paid, regulated long-term care services providers served about 8 million people in the United States...
  • Provider sectors differed in ownership, and average size and supply varied by region...
  • Provider sectors differed in their nursing staffing levels, use of social workers, and variety of services offered...
  •  Rates of use of long-term care services varied by sector and state...
  • Users of long-term care services varied by sector in their demographic and health characteristics and functional status ...

The charts are useful visual presentations of the information. Another good resource for our classes.

 

 

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