Wednesday, August 3, 2016

National Quality Award Program 2017 Application Packets Now Available

The National Quality Award Program is pleased to announce that the 2017 application packets are now available online. In addition, the 2017 program calendar and submission checklist have been posted to each award level page. Please visit the Bronze, Silver or Gold application pages to download application materials specific to your respective award level to see how your center should begin preparing.

The 2017 Bronze Criteria Series is already available on ahcancalED. The Silver criteria series will be available by early September on ahcancalED.

As a reminder, all applicants should read the application packet in full before submitting an intent to apply payment in the Fall. There have been significant changes to program's the survey eligibility requirements. The new policy can be found in Chapter 3: Application Policies and Eligibility of each application packet.

Additionally, for Silver and Gold applicants there is a new requirement for results in Category 7. Silver and Gold applicants will be required to report on 10 measures within their application. Assisted living only applicants may report alternatives to these required results. It is necessary for AL providers to report at least two results.

AHCA/NCAL Quality Award staff is aware that Five Star results (Overall, Staffing, Quality Measure, and Survey) do not apply to AL communities. For the Five Star results, simply write “Five Star is not available for AL” and provide other applicable results in that category to replace this measure that your AL community has. For the other required results, if you are not able to provide the result, you will need to provide a more extensive explanation. Not reporting Five Star as an AL community will not affect the evaluation of your application in any way as long as you include "Five Star is not available for AL".

If any required results are not available, applicants must provide a clear and legitimate reason why a measure could not be obtained. More detailed information on including these measures can be found within both the Silver and Gold application packets.

If you have any questions, please email We look forward to seeing your application in 2017!

**Important Dates to Remember**
  • Mid-September - Intent to Apply Process Opens
  • November 17 - Intent to Apply Deadline
  • December 1 - Applications are accepted online
  • January 26, 2017 - Application Deadline

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