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Repurposing an old tool to yield new insights about quality of care

November 18, 2015
by Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor
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The National Core Indicators – Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD) assessment tool could help compare care and quality of life for seniors and adults with physical disabilities.

NCI-AD is a consumer-experience survey that includes a background survey about the consumer from agency records. It also includes an in-person survey that asks consumers, or a proxy if necessary, about their satisfaction with the services and their outcomes.

The tool was built in 2012 by the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) and the Human Services Research Institute. Actually, it was adapted by the NCI in 1997.

What’s new is how the tool is being used. As more and more states sign on to use the new NCI-AD, this tool has the potential to provide valuable data for state-to-state, regional, agency and programmatic comparisons to improve the care and quality of life for consumers receiving services.

Kansas, New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas plan to use the data to evaluate managed care organizations and quality of services. North Carolina and New Jersey plan assess quality in skilled nursing facilities and home- and community-based settings. Eleven states will have data on Medicaid services and non-Medicaid Older Americans Act services. An additional five to eight states could start using the tool next year.

Read more here.

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