National Core Indicators Aging and Disability Adult Consumer Survey: 2015-2016 National Results
May 19th, 2017
Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 19, 2017 – The Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) are pleased to announce the release of a new report, National Core Indicators Aging and Disability Adult Consumer Survey: 2015-2016 National Results. The report presents the findings of a consumer experience survey that assesses quality of life and outcomes for seniors and adults with physical disabilities who receive publicly funded long-term services and supports (LTSS).
While states are the primary stewards of publicly funded LTSS, they have had few tools to measure the quality of these services and the outcomes of the people they serve. In particular, systemic approaches have been limited—especially for home and community-based services. Those that do exist are focused on specific program funding streams (e.g., 1915(c) waivers, Medicaid-funded nursing homes), leaving states to piece together measures for other programs. To address this need, NASUAD and HSRI worked with state Medicaid, Aging, and Disability Agencies to develop the National Core Indicators for Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD).
The NCI-AD survey is specifically designed to collect valid and reliable person-centered data. States that administer the survey were central to its design, and are committed to improving their LTSS systems. NCI-AD was implemented for the first time in 2015, and thirteen states participated in the data collection cycle (2015-16): Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Together, they surveyed over 13,000 individuals receiving a variety of services. The national report is designed to encapsulate the work and findings from the project’s first year; it provides a broad overview of the results across participating states and their LTSS programs.
“These data give public managers in aging and disability systems the opportunity to hear the voices and experiences of the individuals they serve and to improve services based on their input,” said Val Bradley, president emerita of HSRI.
“States participating in NCI-AD can compare their data nationally and set benchmarks for quality in their LTSS systems, giving state leaders and decision makers the information they need to improve LTSS for the people they serve,” said Martha Roherty, executive director of NASUAD.
NASUAD Board President and Deputy Executive Commissioner of the Medical and Social Services Division of Texas’ Health and Human Services Commission, Gary Jessee, said “having this kind of data is a powerful tool to help us measure quality in our state’s LTSS system.”
Click here to access the report.