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Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award

The AAAHC Institute is now accepting applications for the 2015 Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Awards

The Institute is seeking descriptions of excellent quality improvement (QI) activities and their resulting interventions that have led to positive outcomes.  You can download the application here. The AAAHC Institute plans to disseminate information on exemplary activities to others.  The deadline for submissions is June 12, 2015 12:00 pm (noon) Central Time. 

 The AAAHC Institute has appointed an Expert Panel to review all submissions. The criteria against which the Expert Panel will judge submissions are listed in A and B 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 setting an example that can be used in other ambulatory health care settings/for other ambulatory health care issues.

The Institute anticipates that two organizations (one providing primary care and one providing surgical/procedural care) will receive awards.  It is planned that representatives of these organizations will receive their awards and give poster presentations on their QI activities at the 2015 AAAHC Achieving Accreditation conference, December 4-5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   

The 2014 Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Awards recipients were as follows.

Surgical/Procedural Care

St. Lucie Surgery Center, for a study on “Reducing Postoperative ER Visits for Urinary Retention”

Pictured: Denise Ricketts-Goombs, RN, MPH, MBA, Director Quality Risk Management, HCA; Patricia Wouters, RN, CNOR, Quality/Education/Infection Control Coordinator, St. Lucie Surgery Center; Michael Jarrell, MD, Medical Director, St. Lucie Surgery Center

Primary Care

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Student Health Services (SHS), for “Improving HPV Counseling in College Age Males During Physicals.”

Pictured: Alyson Covington, RN-BSN, Professional Nurse, NCSU SHS;; Rattiya Amy Wongsarnpigoon, MSN, ANP-BC, Adult Nurse Practitioner, NCSU SHS; Jan Kleinhesselink, RN, CPHQ, AAAHC Institute Board Chair

The AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement eleventh annual Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award program winners received their awards and made their poster presentations in Las Vegas, December 5, 2014.

The AAAHC Institute annually updates a compendium of information on this award program to include the latest award winning activities. The latest compendium, including these two 2014 winning studies, in now available.  Please check: Publications for sale.