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2022-23 Kershner QI Award

Has your organization conducted a QI study that you are proud of and has made a huge impact? If “yes,” we invite you to submit your QI study for consideration for the 19th Annual Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award program. You’ve already done the work as an AAAHC-accredited organization and submitted documentation of two studies with your Application for Survey. Now is the time to choose a great QI study and nominate it for a “Bernie.” We’re looking to recognize excellent quality improvement studies and share them with others. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 11, 2022 at 11:59 PM Central Time.

The process for submission is relatively quick and easy.

  • To download the QI Study Submission Agreement, click here
    NOTE: You must complete all three pages of the agreement and upload when you complete the online application.
  • To review and download the application questions, click here
    NOTE: The paper copy is for your reference only.
  • To enter, you must complete the online application by clicking here

The AAAHC Institute has appointed an Expert Panel to review all submissions. The panel will judge submissions for clarity and conciseness as well as these 10 components as found in the “Tools” section of the AAAHC Handbook:

    1. The issue addressed
    2. The performance goal
    3. Data collected (performance measure[s])
    4. Data collection methodology
    5. Data analyses and conclusions
    6. Comparison of 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

In addition, the panel will 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. In compliance with HIPAA, no patient identifiers are allowed on the application.

For the 6 studies (3 Primary Care, 3 Surgical/Procedural) chosen as finalists by the Expert Panel, based on most closely reflecting the criteria above, one representative of each study will receive:

  • An honorarium of $500 (limit 1 per organization, 6 in total) for each poster presentation.
  • Complimentary registration (limit 1 per organization, 6 in total) for one AAAHC Achieving Accreditation program where the winners will be announced.
  • Publication of the posters in AAAHC newsletters, websites, and educational offerings, such as Achieving Accreditation.
  • Awards for the organization(s) authoring the best study as selected by the Expert Panel and by peers.

Please consider entering your exemplary QI study today! Contact the AAAHC Quality Institute at with any questions.

Remember, the submission deadline is Friday, November 11, 2022 at 11:59 PM Central Time.

Program void where prohibited.


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