Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Get Involved with the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program!

AHCA/NCAL is seeking Examiners for the 2018 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program.

Apply to be a Quality Award Examiner Here.

Serving as an Examiner is an incredible opportunity for individuals interested in continuous quality improvement. Examiners experience both personal learning and professional development. Individuals who participate as Examiners have a much better grasp of the criteria and can use that knowledge to improve their organizations and/or submit a National Quality Award application. It is also an excellent networking opportunity; Examiners gain professional contacts throughout the country, and make life-long friendships through the program.

Serving as an Examiner is a serious commitment in respect to both time and impact to the program. Examiners are required to attend a three-day in-person training session before working in teams over a 12-week period to review their assigned applications. Examiners estimate spending 40 to 60 hours reviewing applications, in addition to participating in required weekly conference calls with their teams. The process culminates with a required in-person review session. AHCA covers the travel expenses associated with all required meetings. 

Senior Examiners review the Silver applications while Master Examiners review the Gold applications for the National Quality Award program.

Individuals who are new to serving as an Examiner should apply to serve as a Senior Examiner. For those individuals with 3 or more years of experience as an Examiner, there is also an opportunity to serve as a paid examiner in addition to serving as a volunteer Examiner.

An overview of key dates for Master and Senior Examiners for the 2018 program cycle are available below:

Master Examiner Review Process:
  • Pre-Training Assignment: January 8-February 5, 2018
  • Master Examiner Training: February 12-14, 2018, location TBD
  • Master Examiner (Gold) review period begins: March 1, 2018
  • Master Examiner Review Session: May 21-23, 2018, location TBD
  • Site Visit Period: June 18-July 27, 2018
  • Award Recommendation Meeting: August 6-8, 2018

Senior Examiner Review Process:
  • Pre-Training Assignment: January 8-February 5, 2018
  • Senior Examiner Training: February 14-16, 2018, location TBD
  • Senior Examiner (Silver) review period begins: March 1, 2018
  • Senior Examiner Team Leader Review Session: June 11-13, 2018, location TBD
For more information and to submit an application, please visit the 2018 National Quality Award Examiner website.

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