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LTC Trend Tracker Help

You have a lot to keep track of: Five Star ratings, quality measures, staffing, quality awards … the list goes on. It’s challenging enough to keep a center going, nonetheless keep track of every aspect. However, properly keeping track of this information could set your center apart from those that just stay afloat, to those that thrive.

That’s why the American Health Care Association/ National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) created LTC Trend Tracker, a web-based tool that enables long term and post-acute care providers to find all this information in one central place. This service helps long term and post-acute care providers, including assisted living, to access key information that can help their organization succeed. It gives you access to government data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on skilled nursing centers. All this data is at your fingertips, and with it, you can build and save custom reports to understand your performance.

This week, LTC Trend Tracker has a new publication, Your Top-Line, which was sent directly to your email inbox on Tuesday, February 21. This quarterly report for skilled nursing centers will highlight your facility’s progress on Five Star performance, the quality initiative, and help you understand your survey rating and score breakdown. Check out the new user-friendly design and easy snapshot of data. The figures and colorful graphics are designed to help improve patient care with tailored tools that will allow your organization to easily monitor survey information, quality measures, quality initiative progress, quality awards and five star data. 

In order to receive the Top-Line publication, you must be a current user of LTC Trend Tracker. Please register at as a single organization or if you are part of a multi-facility organization, please have your corporate office register you also at In addition to the email you will receive, LTC Trend Tracker keeps all of these publications saved in your account. After logging in, click on Manage Publications and then View and Download Publications. It will then allow you to select the publication you wish to view.

If you’re unsure about LTC Trend Tracker and availability, please email

It's Time to Submit your Quality Award Application

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program provides a pathway for providers of long term and post-acute care services to journey towards performance excellence. The program is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.

The application deadline for all three award levels is January 26th 2017. Applications and payments must be submitted using the online application and payment portals. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.

A successful application submission will immediately generate a confirmation email. The confirmation email is the only proof of submission that will be accepted after the deadline. If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact Quality Award staff.

Submit only one application–only the first version of the application will be accepted.

Exceptions will not be made for applicants who fail to submit their application by the deadline due to technical issues not related to AHCA/NCAL.

Payments are also due by January 26th 2017 at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time. Payments are only accepted online via credit card. To make your application payment, please visit: