Submit Your AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Application Today!

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living’s (AHCA/NCAL) Quality Award program recognizes high-performing long term and post-acute care centers across the nation. The program sets rigorous standards for quality based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence criteria.

The National Quality Award Program is open exclusively to AHCA/NCAL member centers. Since its inception, the program has recognized more than 3,000 member facilities with an award.

Applicants may apply for three levels of awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level has its own distinct requirements for quality and performance excellence.

Five Reasons to Apply

  1. Adopt a Proven Framework for Performance Excellence: The Baldrige criteria are a proven framework for comprehensive quality management to enhance organizational success.
  2. Measurable Outcomes: AHCA research shows that centers that achieve the Silver and Gold award are significantly more likely to have fewer survey deficiencies, better quality measures and higher satisfaction scores than the national average.
  3. Peer Feedback: All eligible applicants receive customized feedback to help improve performance in the application and the organization. 
  4. Prepare for QAPI: The Bronze criteria are aligned with the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) requirements forthcoming from CMS. Quality Award participants will be ahead of the curve in complying with this new requirement.
  5. Garner National Recognition: The Quality Award is a great way to showcase your center’s commitment to continuous quality improvement and resulting success. Recipients are featured in a national press release and receive assistance in promoting this accomplishment.

There are two key deadlines to note for members who are interested in applying for the program:

  • January 29, 2015– Bronze Application Deadline (mandatory)
  • February 12, 2015Silver and Gold Application Deadline (mandatory)

Members who missed the Quality Award Intent to Apply Deadline are still able to submit a Quality Award Application.