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Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award

2014 Award--Apply Now!

The 2014 Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award program begins February 26, 2014.  The AAAHC Institute is seeking descriptions of excellent quality improvement (QI) activities and their resulting interventions that have led to positive outcomes. We plan to disseminate information on exemplary activities to others.  The deadline for submissions is June 13, 2014 12:00 pm (noon) Central Time. 

A panel of judges with expertise in Quality Improvement will review all submissions. The judging criteria are listed below.

A. The expert panel will review all submissions for overall clarity and conciseness of the description of and/or rationale for:

  1. The quality issue addressed
  2. Appropriateness of the performance goal
  3. Data collected (performance measure)
  4. Data collection methodology
  5. Data analyses and conclusions
  6. Initial performance versus performance goal
  7. The development and implementation of corrective action, and, if necessary, additional corrective action
  8. Re-measurement, and, if necessary, additional re-measurement
  9. New current performance versus performance goal
  10. Methods of communication of the study findings throughout the organization

 B.  The expert panel will also review all submissions for evidence of: innovative thinking, working as a team, and examples that can be used in other ambulatory health care settings/for other ambulatory health care issues.

Typically, two organizations (one providing primary care and one providing surgical/procedural care) will receive awards.  Representatives of these organizations are invited to receive their awards and give poster presentations on their winning QI activities at the AAAHC Achieving Accreditation seminar, December 5-6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   

To apply for the 2014 Innovations in Quality Improvement Award Program, please complete and return an application, with the complete Award Program Conditions of Participation. Please click: 2014 AAAHC Institute Award Application.doc.

Additionally, the AAAHC Institute annually updates a compendium of information on this award program to include the latest award winning activities.  To purchase the most recent edition--AAAHC Institute Innovations in Quality Improvement: 10 Years of Award Winning Activities (2013)--please click: Publications for sale.

2013 Award Winners

The AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement tenth annual Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award program winners received their awards and made their poster presentations in Las Vegas, December 6, 2013.

2013 Bernard A. Kershner Award Winners

Pictured: Angela Allen, MA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Student Health Center, Genevieve Brauning, MD, UNC Charlotte SHS, and Terreye Parrish, RN, North Surgery Center/Germantown Surgery Methodist. Not pictured: Sherrye Crone RN, North Surgery Center/Germantown Surgery Methodist.

Primary Care

For the Primary Care category, the 2013 winner is the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Student Health Center for their study on "Pap Test Guideline Adherence."  The honorable mention goes to Cerner Health Connections (d.b.a. Healthe Clinic) for their study on "Digital Signage as an Effective Internal Tool for Increasing Quality in Ambulatory Physician."

Surgical/Procedural Care

In the Surgical/Procedural category, the 2013 winners are North Surgery Center/Germantown Surgery Methodist, for a study on “Safely Implanting Vendor Owned Surgical Implants.” The honorable mention goes to Cataract & Laser Center West, for their study  to "Reduce Pollution, Cost and Waste Through Recycling."

To apply, please complete and return your application with the complete Award Program Conditions of Participation.

2014 AAAHC Institute Award Application