AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program Kicks Off

2016 Quality Awards Program

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has broadened its Quality Initiative to further improve the quality of care in America’s skilled nursing care centers, assisted living residences and personal care homes. The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program provides a pathway for providers of long term and post-acute care services to journey towards performance excellence.

Skilled nursing care centers, assisted living residences and personal care homes are encouraged to submit an Intent to Apply for the 2016 National Quality Award Program. While this step is not mandatory there are associated benefits:

  • The overall Quality Award application fee for applicants is reduced
  • Applicants receive regular communications from Quality Award staff with "tips" on applying for the award and educational resources.

The deadline for submitting the Intent to Apply is November 19 for Bronze, Silver and Gold Applicants. The fee schedule is:

Bronze Application Fees

  • Intent to Apply Fee: $75
  • Bronze fee with the submission of an Intent to Apply: $425
  • Bronze fee without the submission of an Intent to Apply: $700

Silver Application Fees

  • Intent to Apply Fee: $150
  • Silver fee with the submission of an Intent to Apply: $800
  • Silver fee without the submission of an Intent to Apply: $1,350

Gold Application Fees

  • Intent to Apply Fee: $300
  • Gold fee with the submission of an Intent to Apply: $1,250
  • Gold fee without the submission of an Intent to Apply: $2,100

The Intent to Apply can be submitted via the AHCA website.

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Awards Program recognizes member of skilled nursing care centers and assisted living residences and personal care homes for quality care and performance excellence. The program sets high standards based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence criteria. The program has three distinct levels; members must receive an award at each level to progress to the next level.

The demands of the National Quality Award criteria prepare providers for CMS' impending Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QAPI) program. Both QAPI and the Baldrige Performance Excellence criteria utilize a systematic approach to organizational performance and focus on leadership, responding to staff and customers and demonstrating results. More information is available on the AHCA/NCAL website or contact Dawn Murr-Davidson, Director of Quality at dmurrdavidson@phca.org with questions.