Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What do the Quality Award Survey Requirements Mean?

The 2017 Quality Award Intent to Apply process opened last week. While this is not mandatory, it has two important benefits for applicants:

1- The overall application fee is reduced; and

2- Applicants will receive regular emails from Quality Award staff with deadline reminders, tips on applying for the award, and links to exclusive educational webinars.

As potential applicants decide whether or not to submit an Intent to Apply by the November 17th deadline, one of the first questions they ask is whether they meet the Quality Award Survey requirements.

This year, there are a revised set of survey eligibility requirements at each application level that applicants will have to meet. Applicants are encouraged to review all the specific survey eligibility requirements in the respective application packets in detail. Below are some answers to the most common questions that we receive on the survey eligibility requirements.

1- Can I still apply if the center does not meet the survey eligibility requirements?
a. Yes, centers can apply and receive a feedback report even if they do not meet the survey eligibility requirement. They will simply be ineligible to receive the award.

2- Can the center recertify if it does not meet the survey eligibility requirements?
a. If a center submits an application meeting the minimum requirements and fails survey eligibility they will still be able to recertify.

3- How do I calculate the cycle 1 and 2 weighted survey score for the Silver Quality Award and the 3 cycle weighted score for the Gold Quality Award?
a. Review the Guide to Calculate Silver and Gold Weighted Survey Scores

Quality Award staff has developed a resource for applicants to view their current survey eligibility based on the August 24, 2016 Nursing Home Compare release. This can be utilized by applicants to review their current survey eligibility; however, applicants are cautioned as this is preliminary and their survey eligibility will change based on what is available as of the application deadline (January 26, 2017) and award notification.

As always, if you have any questions Quality Award staff can be reached at

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