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Quality Awards Application Deadline: Jan 23, 2020

To download the Bronze, Silver and Gold application packets and free educational resources, visit the Quality Award website, and submit your application through the Quality Award Portal.


    Bronze Award
Silver Award
Gold Award


An application can be submitted regardless of whether or not you submitted an Intent to Apply payment.  Please log in to the Quality Award Portal before the deadline to avoid any delays in setting up your user account.

We hope you will begin or continue your pursuit of providing the best quality care and services to your residents and patients by participating in the National Quality Award Program – the benefits are endless!

For additional information or questions, contact

Important Medicare Part B Therapy Services Coding and Payment Updates

Late last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Calendar Year 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Payment Final Rule. This rule implements several changes that are effective January 1, 2020, including:

  • updated payment rates for individual billing procedure codes used to report outpatient therapy services; and
  • finalized coding requirements for the reporting of therapy services furnished in whole or in part by a therapy/therapist assistant.

CMS also posted updated National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits with unexpected changes that impact outpatient therapy coding and payment.

AHCA has prepared several fact sheets related to these changes. We highly recommend that providers share these resources with in-house and/or contracted therapy staff, as well as billing staff so everyone is aware of these important changes and can take any necessary actions to ensure accurate outpatient therapy coding and payments in 2020.

Please contact Dan Ciolek, AHCA's Associate Vice President, Therapy Advocacy with questions.

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