AHCA Announces Quality Initiative Recognition Program

Nancy Leveille and Karen Morris in Clinical & Quality

Today, Monday, May 13, 2013, AHCA is launching the Quality Initiative Recognition Program for skilled nursing centers which achieve one or more of the Quality Initiative goals. AHCA and NYSHFA hope to applaud the great work of our skilled nursing centers on the local and national stages.

Below is quick synopsis of the program. But you can find all the information, levels of recognition and additional details on AHCA’s website under the Quality Initiative section: http://www.ahcancal.org/quality_improvement/qualityinitiative/Pages/RecognitionProgram.aspx.   


Nursing Centers
The program will be based on skilled nursing centers reaching the Quality Initiative goal targets.  Centers can be recognized for reaching one, two, three or all four goals.  AHCA will inform each state association of their members who will be recognized and hope that we will partner with us in acknowledging their achievements. 

In order to participate in the recognition program, nursing centers will need to ensure they submit staff turnover data for 2011 and 2012, as well as their customer satisfaction results for 2012.  To help centers with data submission, we will have the following tools available on the website:

  • A link for members to participate in AHCA’s 2012 Staffing Survey;
  • A link for those members who did not previously submit their 2011 Staffing Survey.  Both surveys are needed to participate; and
  • An online survey (or an excel sheet for multis) for members to report their customer satisfaction results.

The deadline for these submissions is Monday, July 15, 2013.

Facilities do not have to worry about reporting the hospitalization and antipsychotic goal rates since AHCA already collects that information.

Also attached is a handout describing the recognition program to share with your staff.

State Affiliates
AHCA will also recognize one state affiliate through our “Innovation Award,” to highlight an affiliate’s unique approach to advancing the Quality Initiative among their membership
Through an online survey located on the Recognition Program’s website, state affiliates must tell about their innovative techniques to promoting the Quality Initiative in their state.  The AHCA Quality Cabinet will then select one state to recognize at the 2014 Quality Symposium.  Again, the deadline for submission is Monday, July 15, 2013.

Any inquires and questions about the recognition program, feel free to contact Sandy Fitzler: sfitzler@ahca.org or Urvi Shah: ushah@ahca.org.



Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support
518-462-4800 x20
  Karen Morris, RN, MS
Director, Clinical &Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

 Refer to #2013-260