To coincide with President Obama’s State of the Union address slated for next week, The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) have launched an informational series to draw attention to the nation’s increasing long-term care needs. The series, entitled “State of Long Term and Post-Acute Care,” addresses trends in the long-term care industry, focusing on a different aspect each day from January 18th through January 25th.
The first topic, “The State of Quality,” reports that quality among nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers is undergoing a strong upward trend. Data collected from independent surveys indicates that resident and family satisfaction is also on the rise. There are also increasing numbers of patients who return home following a short-term stay, indicating that the long-term care industry shows an increased capacity for providing post-acute and rehabilitative care.
On January 19th, “The State of Post-Acute Care” was released, discusses short-term rehabilitation in more depth, noting that this type of care continues to evolve and the industry is seeing an increase in the number of short-term stays in skilled nursing facilities. Today, January 20th, “The State of the Long-Term Care Workforce” will be addressed, and the remaining topics are scheduled as follows:
- January 21st: “The State of Assisted Living“
- January 24th: “The State of Reimbursement”
- January 25th: “The State of Long Term and Post-Acute Care”
Each day, a one-pager is released with an in-depth discussion of the day’s topic, including research, reports on trends, and industry insight. The public is encouraged to participate through social media channels, by posting comments or questions to Twitter, using the hashtag #ltcstate, commenting on the AHCA/NCAL Facebook wall, or by posting a video clip to YouTube and tagging it with the keyword “ltcstate.”
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