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Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an Intent to Apply payment. The deadline to submit an Intent to Apply is Thursday, November 9th at 8 p.m. Eastern. This payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. This is not mandatory; however, there are a number of associated benefits:

• The overall application fee is reduced and

• Applicants will receive weekly emails from Quality Award staff with deadline reminders, tips on applying for the award, and additional education materials. 

Note: No paperwork or application is needed to submit the Intent to Apply. It is simply an online fee that an organization submits to signal that they plan on submitting a 2018 Quality Award application.

Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply that matches the center’s AHCA/NCAL membership and application type.

If a member submits a combined SNF/AL application, the AHCA/NCAL membership database must reflect a membership category of SNF/AL. Separate SNF and AL memberships must be amended into one membership account in order to submit a combined SNF/AL application. Centers will need to contact their state affiliates to adjust their accounts if needed. 

Any questions may be submitted to



Sign in Page
Please enter your email address and password.

  • If you do not know your password, please click on the “forgot your password” link. Here you will be able to enter your email to have your password sent to you.
  • If you are taken to a page that reads “we're sorry, but your email is not in our database” please contact to update your profile – do not create a new contact.

Step 1: Contact Search

On the contact search page, search for your name to confirm whether you are in our database. For best results, please use your last name only. You may need to scroll down to see the search results. Once you find your name, click on it to proceed to the next page.

  • If you do not find your name, please click “add yourself to our database.” Once you have added yourself to the database, please return to the payment website.

Step 2: Organization Search
Next, you will be taken to the organization search page. You will use your center’s zip code to search for your organization. Again, you may need to scroll down to see the search results. When you find your organization's name, please click on it to proceed to the payment page.

Step 3: Intent to Apply Fee
After you have clicked on your organization's name, you will be taken to the Intent to Apply fee page. Please select the award level for which you are paying. If you are paying for one organization only, click “Submit and go to Payment.” If you need to pay for additional organizations, click “Submit and add another Facility” to return to the facility search page.

Shopping Cart
On the Shopping Cart page, first confirm that everything is correct, and then click the “Continue to payment” link in the lower-right corner. You may have to scroll to the right to find this link.

Payment Process
Enter your credit card information and click “Submit Payment” (in the lower-right corner of the screen) to complete the process. Payment is only accepted via credit card. AHCA accepts Master Card, Visa, and American Express.

Once you have successfully submitted payment, you will be taken to confirmation screen and will also receive a receipt via email confirming your payment. Please retain copies of your confirmation.