New Data to Inform Assisted Living Providers About State Survey Performance

Partnership between NCAL, CarePrepare™ pushes out high-level, comparative data on state inspections

​​​​WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today announced a new partnership with CarePrepare to offer assisted living members access to state survey inspection data. NCAL is incorporating the data into the Association's data tracking software, Long Term Care (LTC) Trend TrackerSM

“An assisted living community's state survey is an important indicator of its overall performance, but it is even more meaningful when providers can see how their survey compares to the rest of the state," said Scott Tittle, NCAL Executive Director. “When providers are aware of how their peers are doing, it further incentivizes quality improvement and survey compliance. We are proud to partner with CarePrepare to offer assisted living providers more information that will enhance the lives of residents and help providers stay competitive." 

Survey inspection data varies among states, as each regulates assisted living and residential care communities. CarePrepare compiles the data from available state regulatory websites and through requests to state agencies. CarePrepare then classifies the raw survey findings into main categories and sub-categories to allow for a meaningful understanding of performance within the state. LTC Trend Tracker will offer aggregate results for up to eight main categories: administration, dietary, environment, life safety, quality of care, resident satisfaction, staff training, and other.  

Currently, survey data from 29 states will be incorporated into LTC Trend Tracker, covering 85 percent of assisted living facilities, with more states soon to be added. Assisted living users will receive the data through an existing quarterly report generated by the software, offering their community's performance on the main categories of survey deficiency in relation to the state average, among other quality and performance data.  

“CarePrepare™ is excited to partner with NCAL to share new state benchmarks and regulatory outcome insights with their members through LTC Trend Tracker," said Jessica Curtis, Managing Director at Formation Healthcare, co-founders of CarePrepare™. “Understanding each state's unique trends and regulatory environment is key to monitoring progress and having meaningful conversations around issues impacting person-centered care." 

LTC Trend Tracker is a web-based software tool available at no additional cost to members of NCAL and its sister organization, the American Health Care Association. In addition to the CarePrepare data, assisted living organizations can upload data on seven quality measures, such as customer satisfaction and hospital readmissions, and then generate reports to track, benchmark, and compare their organization to other assisted living communities nationwide. Currently, more than 1,500 member communities utilize the software. To learn more about LTC Trend Tracker, please visit www.ltctrendtracker.com.  

 ABOUT AHCA/NCAL
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org or www.ncal.org.

 ABOUT CAREPREPARE
CarePrepare™ is the industry's first survey and regulatory analytics platform covering assisted living and memory care facilities nationally, developed jointly by Formation Healthcare and VisionLTC. CarePrepare™ allows owners, operators, lenders, and other industry stakeholders to evaluate and benchmark survey outcomes and operational performance. For more information on CarePrepare™, please visit www.careprepare.com.​