Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Value of the Intent to Apply

As you begin to prepare for the 2016 National Quality Award cycle it is important to consider the Intent to Apply (ITA) process. The ITA is not mandatory to apply for the National Quality Award Program but members who submit an ITA payment will gain specialized benefits during their application process. On September 15th members can begin to submit their Intent to Apply fees. The Intent to Apply payment is only accepted online via credit card. For all three award levels, the deadline to submit the Intent to Apply fee is November 19th at 8pm EST.

A primary benefit is the reduced application cost to members. Here is a breakdown of the application costs with and without the ITA:

Bronze:
Intent to Apply Fee: $75
Bronze Application Fee with the submission of an Intent to Apply: $425
Bronze Application Fee without the submission of an Intent to Apply: $700
Overall application fee is reduced by $200

Silver:
Intent to Apply Fee: $150
Silver Application Fee with the submission of an Intent to Apply: $800
Silver Application Fee without the submission of an Intent to Apply: $1350
Overall application fee is reduced by $400

Gold:
Intent to Apply Fee: $300
Gold Application Fee with the submission of an Intent to Apply: $1250
Gold Application Fee without the submission of an Intent to Apply: $2100
Overall application fee is reduced by $550

Along with these savings, members will also will also receive regular emails from Quality Award staff with deadline reminders, tips on applying for the award and links to webinars.

We look forward to your application!

Also, check out the newly updated 2016 Bronze Criteria Series, a collection of short YouTube videos to guide you through the Bronze Application.

As always, feel free to reach out to Quality Award staff at qualityaward@ahca.org.

**Important Dates to Know**
September 15: Intent to Apply (ITA) process opens
November 19: Intent to Apply deadline
December 7: Applications accepted online
January 28: Bronze, Silver and Gold application deadlines

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