NCAL Announces Addition of Assisted Living Measures in LTC Trend Tracker at Convention
Online tool allows assisted living providers to easily track Quality Initiative goals
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Before hundreds of assisted living professionals, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today announced an expanded national effort to demonstrate the profession’s commitment to quality care through data. NCAL added four new assisted living measures to its online data collection tool LTC Trend Tracker: hospital admissions, hospital readmissions, the off-label use of antipsychotic medications, and occupancy rates.
“We know our assisted living communities are providing high quality care, but in today’s health care environment, we need to be able to demonstrate it,” said NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle. “NCAL is proud to grow our assisted living footprint in LTC Trend Tracker to help providers better understand how they’re doing, share that with other health care partners and consumers, and hopefully, get recognized for their amazing work.”
The four additional measures bring the total to six for assisted living providers in LTC Trend Tracker. Reports currently exist regarding staffing (calculating turnover and retention) and customer satisfaction. Today’s announcement now gives NCAL member organizations the ability to track their progress on all of the NCAL Quality Initiative goals within one tool.
“What sets LTC Trend Tracker apart from other data collection platforms is that our measures are clearly defined, so that everyone is comparing apples to apples,” said NCAL Senior Director of Workforce & Quality Improvement Programs Lindsay Schwartz, Ph.D. “This allows any assisted living organization to instantly see how they’re doing in relation to their peers in their state, region, or the entire nation.”
The announcement comes during the association’s 10th annual NCAL Day. The day-long, educational event precedes the 67th Annual American Health Care Association (AHCA) and NCAL Convention & Expo held through October 19 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
NCAL Day offered education sessions tailored to this sector of long term care, including topics such as state regulation trends, technology, and affordability. The opening keynote speaker Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor for Fox News, offered key insight on health care system trends and medical research. Additionally, NCAL Day honored the 2016 recipients of the NCAL Awards Program and the Jan Thayer Pioneer Award at a special ceremony. Attendees concluded the day with keynote speaker Jim Carroll, one of the world’s leading international futurists, trends and innovation experts.
This first day of the AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo held additional day-long educational programming for therapy providers, presented jointly with the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL). Sunday also offered intensive sessions on health information technology (again, in partnership with NASL), the new Requirements of Participation for skilled nursing centers, dementia care, and workshops on the AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards Program. The day concluded with a documentary screening, featuring a series of short films highlighting the experience of Greg O’Brien, an award-winning journalist living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease.