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 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. Learn more​​​​​ about the value of the program.
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 Take The Next Step In Your Quality Award Journey

If you are new to the program or continuing​ your Quality Award journey, start the process in August. Don't wait. Successful applications take time to prepare. Not sure where to begin? 


Looking for application packets and other resources? Scroll down to Bronze, Silver, and Gold. 
 
​​​Key Dates 
  • August 2 – 2022 Quality Award Program year begins and applications available
  • September 16 – Intent to Apply (ITA) opens and Examiner applications available
  • ​October 12 – Quality Award Ceremony and Celebration 
  • November 11 – ITA deadline
  • January 27, 2022 – Application Deadline
  • Summer 2022 – Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Notifications​

  ​Congratulations Quality Award Recipients!

AHCA/NCAL is excited to recognize both 2020 and 2021 Quality Award recipients at the 2021 Annual Convention & Expo in October. The awards will be presented on October 12, 2021, from 4:45 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time with a celebration immediately following the ceremony from 6:00-7:00 p.m. ​
 
In order for recipients to be recognized on stage, please RSVP​​ and Register using the invitation code you received in your notification email.​

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 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


 Bronze Application & Resources

Essential Resources

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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

 Silver Application & Resources

Essential Resources
Supporting Documents for Assisted Living

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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

Facility Spotlight

2021 Gold Award:

  • Magnolia Manor of Marion County
  • Maine Veterans Home - Bangor

2020 Gold Award:​ ​​


 Gold Application & Resources

Essential Resources
Supporting Documents for Assisted Living

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