The QAPI requirements will be enforced over three phases (I- Nov 2016, II- Nov 2017 and III-Nov, 2019). Most of the requirements for the QAPI program will be implemented in Phase 3. However, centers must develop a QAPI Plan by phase II (Nov, 2017) and submit to the Survey Agency at their first annual recertification survey.
AHCA Resources for Members to Comply with the QAPI Requirements
AHCA has free tools, resources, webinars and programs to assist members in developing an effective and comprehensive QAPI program in their centers.
Members can access free resources and tools on the RequirED section
of ahcancalED, the Association’s education portal. Members should download the following QAPI specific resources:
AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program
The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program
is based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria, a nationally recognized method known for improving business performance. The Baldrige Criteria will help centers prepare for QAPI requirements through a focus on systematic action, data-driven decisions and continued learning and development. The connection between the Baldrige Criteria and QAPI are documented through a high-level overview
and a detailed cross-walk
on the Required section of ahcancalED.
Centers who participate in the Quality Award program will be better prepared to meet the requirements of QAPI.
AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative
The AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative
challenges members to meet measurable targets in specific focus areas important to overall organizational success. These areas are aligned with QAPI and the Requirements of Participation.
CMS Publicly Available Documents on QAPI
Other Helpful Resources