Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Resources to Help Quality Award Applicants!


The 2016 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Intent to Apply deadline has passed. Most applicants have likely been working on their application for the past few months; but for those who haven’t started, the time to get started is now! The Quality Award Application portal is now open and accepting applications until the deadline on January 28 at 8 p.m. EST.

The Quality Award website has a number of resources designed to help member organizations with the application process. Whether you are writing a Bronze, Silver or Gold application this year; there is something for you!

  • Bronze applicants should check out the Bronze Criteria Series. Thisis a series of YouTube videos, 3-7 minutes in length, with each video covering one question of the Bronze criteria. The series is structured so that application teams are able to view each video and write a response to each question, sometimes in less than 30 minutes total! We suggest that centers form an “application team” that views the videos together and then completes the responses to the criteria as a team effort. Applicants who view the Bronze Criteria Series are much more likely to be successful with the award process.
  • Based on the popularity of the Bronze Criteria Series, AHCA/NCAL has released a brand new Silver Criteria Series for the 2016 application cycle. The series starts with an introduction of the program and a webinar on the Silver evaluation process. Eight additional webinars follow, covering each section of the Silver Criteria, from the Organizational Profile through Categories 1-7. Each video provides an explanation of the criteria and questions to help applicants through the process. As with Bronze, we suggest that centers form an “application team” that views the videos together and then completes the responses to the criteria as a team effort. 
  • Gold applicants should view the AHCA/NCAL Management Series, which is a sequence of videos each covering a category of the Baldrige Criteria. This series was created to help any center develop a comprehensive and robust management system. For Gold, the series also provides insight from Baldrige experts across the Organization Profile as well as across each criteria category. 

As an additional benefit, all of these webinar series will also fulfill your educational requirement for the program!

Last but not least, check out tips and strategies from recent and past recipients, including Opis Highlands Lake Center , Effingham County Care Center , Pacific Coast Manor, Glen Hill Center, Genesis Healthcare, Oakridge Gardens Rehabilitation and Memory Center, and Bayberry Commons.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Quality Award staff at qualityaward@ahca.org.

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