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The Kershner – a QI Award

DATE: Summer 2019

TO: Quality Managers for AAAHC-Accredited Organizations

FROM: Naomi Kuznets, PhD., Vice President & Senior Director

RE: AAAHC Institute 2019-2020 Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award Program

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 16th Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award program. You’ve already done the work and submitted documentation of two studies with your Application for Survey. Now is the time to choose the best one 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, October 4, 2019, 12:00 pm (noon) Central Time.

The process for submission is relatively quick and easy.

  • To review the application questions, click here. NOTE: The paper copy is for your reference only. To enter, you must complete the online application at the link above.
  • To download the Award Program Conditions of Participation, click 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 ten elements:

    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.

Representatives of the 6 studies that most closely reflect the criteria used by the Expert Panel will receive:

  • Honoraria of $500 (limit 1 per organization, 6 in total) after making poster presentations at Achieving Accreditation in Miami, Florida, March 13-14, 2020
  • Complimentary registration (limit 1 per organization, 6 in total) for Achieving Accreditation at the Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay
  • An award from the AAAHC Institute on behalf of their organization after making a poster presentation about their study at the Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay Achieving Accreditation in Miami, Florida, March 13-14, 2020.

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

Program void where prohibited.