National Quality Award Program

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The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is a rigorous three-level process that evaluates long term care organizations capabilities against nationally recognized standards for excellence, making it one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective performance assessments available to long term and post-acute care providers.

Each progressive award levels— Bronze – Commitment to Quality, Silver - Achievement in Quality, and Gold – Excellence in Quality, requires a more detailed demonstration of superior performance. Providers are nationally recognized for achieving each award level and eventually join the ranks of the best in long term care.

Don't wait. Start planning today, before 2022 application packets become​​ available in August.
  1. Learn more about the value of the Program​.
  2. Watch for free and learn about the application process.​
  3. Register to join past Gold Award recipients for c​offee in July!​
  4. Review application packets when available​ in August.​

 Bronze Award

About the Bronze Award

The first step in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award.

The Bronze Award level provides applicants with the tools and resources they need for continuous im​provement in quality care. Through the Bronze criteria, based on the Baldrige Excellence Framework, applicants will assess their organization’s mission, vision, and key factors that lead to success. At this award level, utilizing the criteria questions applicants develop an organizational profile for their center. Applying for the AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award gives your organization a strong foundation for the second step—the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award​ level.  

Questions about the contents of this program may be directed to qualityaward@ahca.org

National Quality Award Renewal Policy

​​The National Quality Award Program’s Renewal Policy impacts all current and previous Quality Award recipients.

Under this policy, Bronze and Silver Quality Award recipients will have to stay engaged in their Quality Award journey in order to stay “active” within the program. 

All participating centers are responsible for reading and complying with the Renewal Policy. 

Download and read the full policy here.

 Bronze Application & Resources

Essential Resources

 2021 Bronze Key Dates

Notification
June 3, 2021

 Silver Award

About the Silver Award

The second step in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award. 

At the Silver Award level, applicants continue to learn and develop effective approaches that help improve performance and health care outcomes. The Silver criteria, based on the Baldrige Excellence Framework, provide applicants with a thorough assessment of how their organization works, its effectiveness, and tools for improvement in their approaches. The Silver level gives a clear pathway for recipients moving to the highest honor of recognition, the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award. 

Applicants must receive a Bronze – Commitment to Quality​ Award before applying at the Silver level. 

Questions about the contents of this program may be directed to qualityaward@ahca.org

National Quality Award Renewal Policy

​​The National Quality Award Program’s Renewal Policy impacts all current and previous Quality Award recipients.

Under this policy, Bronze and Silver Quality Award recipients will have to stay engaged in their Quality Award journey in order to stay “active” within the program. 

All participating centers are responsible for reading and complying with the Renewal Policy. 

Download and read the full policy here​.

 Silver Application & Resources

Essential Resources
Supporting Documents for Assisted Living

 2021 Silver Key Dates

Notification
June 24, 2021

 Gold Award

About the Gold Award

The final step in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award. Recipients of the Gold Award are considered the best of the best in the profession.

​At the Gold Award level, applicants must show superior performance in areas of the criteria including leadership, strategic planning, and customer and staff satisfaction. By completing the Gold level criteria, organizations take their quality journey to a higher level through the valuable feedback received in the application process and thereby reaching organizational goals. Gold applicants address the Baldrige Excellence Framework in its entirety.

Applicants are required to receive the Bronze – Commitment to Quality and Silver – Achievement in Quality​ Awards before applying at the Gold level. 

Questions about the contents of this program may be directed to qualityaward@ahca.org

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National Quality Award Renewal Policy

​​The National Quality Award Program’s Renewal Policy impacts all current and previous Quality Award recipients.

Under this policy, Bronze and Silver Quality Award recipients will have to stay engaged in their Quality Award journey in order to stay “active” within the program. 

All participating centers are responsible for reading and complying with the Renewal Policy. 

Download and read the full policy here​.​​

 Gold Application & Resources

Essential Resources
Supporting Documents for Assisted Living

 2021 Gold Key Dates

Notifications
Site Visit Notification 
May 27, 2021
 
Recipients Announced
August 6, 2021​​