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 2020 Program Dates

Quality Award Portal Opens 
September 19, 2019

Intent to Apply Deadline
November 7, 2019

Application and Fee Deadline
January 23, 2020

All deadlines are 8pm ET

 Resources and Info


 Baldrige Resources


The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program provides a pathway for providers of long term and post-acute care services to journey towards performance excellence. The program is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
Member centers may apply for three progressive levels of awards: Bronze—Commitment to Quality, Silver—Achievement in Quality, or Gold—Excellence in QualityEach level has its own distinct rigors and requirements for quality and performance excellence. 
Applications are judged by trained Examiners who provide feedback on opportunities for improvement to support continuous learning.

2020 Application Cycle Now Open!

​Application Packets and Criteria Series

To access materials please select an award level under Applicants, located in the left-hand​ menu. 

Intent t​​o Apply Payment

The Intent to Apply (ITA) payment for the 2020 application cycle is now open in the Quality Award Portal (Click Get Started Today! on the left-hand menu). While not mandatory, applicants who submit an ITA will save money on their overall application fee and receive extra educational resources. No paperwork or application is needed to submit the ITA.
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