Fast Facts

AHCA/NCAL’s Fast Facts presents short, topical research briefs on patients, providers, and issues in skilled nursing and assisted living care. Our first Fast Facts characterizes skilled nursing care centers themselves; stay tuned for future Fast Facts about the AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards and clinical characteristics of skilled nursing residents.​


 Skilled Nursing Care Centers in the U.S.

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 Staff Facts and Figures

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i  Skilled Nursing Care Center (SNCC) is the same as Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF). SNCCs serve individuals who have increasingly complex medical conditions and extensive needs for care and support with activities of daily living. Count of SNCCs from May 2015 Nursing Home Compare, and bed count from June 2015 release of CASPER. 

ii  May 2015 Nursing Home Compare data mapped to the 6-category NCH Urban/Rural Classification Scheme. 

iii  MDS assessments in calendar year 2014 for all payers. 

iv  Stays identified using MDS assessments, where long stay is defined as a stay lasting ≥100 days. 

v  Number of individuals being served in a center based on the census count on the first day of the annual survey. 

vi  BLS Occupation Employment Statistics for May 2014. Healthcare practitioners and healthcare support workers include physicians, nurses, 
aides, assistants, psychologists, counselors, etc. (SOC occupation codes 29 and 31). Administrative workers include management, office, IT support, etc. (SOC occupation codes 11, 13, 15, 33, 41, 43, 51). Ancillary workers include food preparation, building and grounds cleaning and maintenance, personal care, transportation, education, etc. (SOC occupation codes 19, 21, 25, 27, 35, 37, 39, 47, 49, 53). 

vii  FY2013 Medicare SNF cost reports. 

viii  June 2015 CASPER, most recent survey for each SNCC. 

ix  BLS Current Employment Statistics for Nursing Care Facilities, Seasonally Adjusted, April 2015 preliminary. 

x  AHCA analysis of the 2008 panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), using reference month April 2013. 

xi  FY2013 Medicare SNF cost reports. 

xii  June 2015 CASPER. 

xiii  AHCA analysis of 2013 BEA Gross Output data and BLS aggregate payroll data.

 Who Pays for Care

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