The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) released the final report from the 2014 pilot of the National Core Indicators-Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD) Consumer Survey. Delmarva Foundation was one of two vendors contracted to conduct the in-person Surveys.

“Delmarva Foundation appreciated the opportunity to bring our deep experience with the disability and aging populations to participate in this important pilot study, said Mary Kay Kohut, President of Delmarva Foundation. “We are delighted to be recognized as leaders in this field.”

Three states, Georgia, Minnesota, and Ohio, volunteered to pilot the NCI-AD Consumer Survey. In early 2014, the three states began piloting the NCI-AD Consumer Survey. States’ samples included older adults and individuals with physical disabilities accessing Medicaid waivers, Medicaid state plans, and/or state-funded programs, as well as older adults served by Older Americans Act programs.

By the end of August 2014, all three states had finished collecting their data and shared it with HSRI for interpretation. In December 2014, the NCI-AD project team reviewed the data and feedback they received from the interviewers in the pilot states and used this information to revise the NCI-AD Consumer Survey [pdf]. This survey revision is based on analysis of the pilot data, interviewer comments, direct interviewer, and vendor feedback as well as expert and stakeholder feedback.

“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in this ground breaking work for the aging and disability population,” added Marion Olivier, Project Director at Delmarva Foundation. “The data being collected has the potential to truly impact the quality of life and outcomes for people being served. We are eager to help support this very important work.”

Delmarva Foundation along with the Georgia Division of Aging Services is currently conducting the survey with a small sample to test a revised version of the survey in Georgia. The testing is expected to be finalized in March 2015.

About Delmarva Foundation
Delmarva Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving quality in health care in over 30 states and the District of Columbia. Since 1973, Delmarva has assisted in improving care in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, medical practices and health plans. Delmarva performs quality improvement, quality assurance, utilization review, external quality review, population health and Program Safeguard activities. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Easton, Maryland with additional offices in Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, DC; Columbia, South Carolina; Tampa, Florida; and Tallahassee, Florida.