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Congratulations to 19 new AHCA/NCAL Bronze Award recipients from Minnesota!
By Doug Beardsley | June 7, 2019 | All members
This week, 19 Minnesota providers were announced as 2019 Bronze–Commitment to Quality Award recipients by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The bronze award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors long-term and post-acute care providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
“The recipients of the Bronze award are making it their mission to deliver quality care for our nation’s elders and individuals with disabilities,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “This year, we have more bronze recipients than ever before, and I’m convinced that because of their commitment, our profession will continue to grow stronger and make a national impact.”
Minnesota recipients include eight assisted living locations, nine skilled nursing facilities, and two campus settings providing both skilled nursing and assisted living:
Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is also the basis of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige program helps organizations across different business sectors use strategies to improve performance and organizational effectiveness.
“I applaud this year’s bronze recipients for taking this important step towards quality improvement,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “I encourage these providers to continue their path to achieve the highest of quality care.”
The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program has three levels: bronze, silver, and gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the bronze level, where they assess their organization’s mission, vision, and key factors that lead to success. They also develop an organizational profile and must demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained examiners review each application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. Bronze recipients may move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the AHCA/NCAL Silver–Achievement in Quality Award.
The 2019 silver award recipients will be announced on June 27 and gold recipients will be announced on August 9. Recipient organizations will be honored during AHCA/NCAL’s 70th Convention & Expo, October 13-16, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.
Care Providers of Minnesota will be hosting our popular (and successful) award workshops for the 2020 awards. The Silver Quality Award workshop is scheduled for October 11, 2019, and the Bronze Quality Award workshop will be on January 9, 2020. Mark your calendars! Will this be the year your organization goes for the Bronze? Is it time to move from the bronze to silver or silver to gold?
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