Call for Submissions Now Open for the
2021 NAACOS Leaders in Quality Excellence Awards

The NAACOS Leaders in Quality Excellence awards have been established to recognize the outstanding efforts among ACOs working to improve the quality and safety of patient care and advance population health goals. At this time, we are inviting NAACOS ACO member organizations to submit an entry for a quality project recently taken on by the ACO to improve the quality of care provided to its patients. NAACOS will recognize the top three submissions, selected by the NAACOS Quality Committee, at our spring 2021 conference to showcase the exemplary efforts in quality improvement among our members and to disseminate best practices. NAACOS invites ACOs to submit projects that demonstrate innovative quality improvement strategies used by your ACO to improve patient health outcomes. Examples of projects could include initiatives implemented as part of the ACO’s COVID-19 response, programs that address disparities in health outcomes, or other innovative quality improvement strategies used by your ACO to improve patient health outcomes. 

To be considered, entries must be submitted by January 31, 2021. Please limit entries to one submission per ACO. More information on the award criteria and submissions process are included below. Should you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].  

Criteria for Submissions

  • The ACO must be a NAACOS member
  • The quality project must have taken place within the last 1-3 years
  • There are no limits on the population targeted for the intervention and projects do not need to be tied to ACO program quality measures
  • Limit entries to one submission per ACO 

Review of Criteria
Submissions will be reviewed based on the following four criteria:

  1. Innovation- in processes or technology used to improve performance
  2. Improvement- improvement in quality as a result of the intervention or innovative strategies used (quality scores or metrics are welcomed, but not required)
  3. Scalability and long-term contributions- how can the project’s work be continued, is it scalable, sustainable, transferrable and what was the return on investment
  4. ACO quality score- please provide your CMS ACO quality score for performance years 2017, 2018 and 2019 (as applicable) 

How to Submit Your Project
Please email a written submission which addresses each of the four review criteria (see above), describing what your quality improvement project was, how it was implemented and the results of the project. Examples of projects could include initiatives implemented as part of the ACO’s COVID-19 response, programs that address disparities in health outcomes, or other innovative quality improvement strategies used by your ACO to improve patient health outcomes. 

Submit your project now!