2013 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program in Full Swing

The 2013 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program is in full swing.  AHCA/NCAL encourages all member facilities to get involved in the program. Why get involved? The program criteria is a powerful resource for quality improvement activities. Silver and Gold Quality Award recipients are more likely to have fewer survey deficiencies, better quality measures (such as lower use of off-label antipsychotics) and higher satisfaction scores than the national average.  The Quality Award program can also help facilities meet the four AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative goals!  Lastly, Quality Award recipients receive national recognition that can assist in marketing efforts.

Facilities planning to apply for the 2013 program should submit an Intent to Apply by November 1, 2012!  This is not mandatory, but there are a number of benefits associated.

  • The overall application fee is reduced by $200 at each award level; and
  • Applicants who submit the Intent to Apply will receive regular communications from Quality Award staff with deadline reminders and tips on applying for the award.

To submit an Intent to Apply, facilities can simply visit the Quality Award website or email program staff at qualityaward@ahca.org for instructions.

The Bronze Criteria Series is a sequential series of videos, or seminars, that address each of the twenty Bronze Criteria. This series was developed to help applicants understand and meet the demands of the Bronze criteria. To check out this series, please download the Bronze Viewing Guide.

2013 Program Deadlines:

  • Intent to Apply Deadline (not mandatory): November 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. EST
  • Bronze Application and Fee Deadline: January 31, 2013 at 8 p.m. EST
  • Silver Application and Fee Deadline: February 28, 2013 at 8 p.m. EST

For additional information, please visit the Quality Award website or email program staff at qualityaward@ahca.org.