Abstract and Speaker Guidelines:

2022 Quality Innovation Series


Submission Requirements

  • Before submitting a proposal or, if submitting on behalf of another, all persons listed as speakers must agree to and have knowledge of being included in the submission.
  • There is a three-speaker limit per session.
  • Individuals and organizations are not limited to the number of proposals they submit.
  • Each speaker from the abstract submission is encouraged to upload a biography and headshot photos through the NCQA Required Files Form.
    • Headshot photos should be high-resolution, color in a JPG or PNG file type only. File size should be at least 1MB and no more than 3MB. Photos should not include borders. The person should be in the center of the frame.

Abstract Review and Selection

  • NCQA seeks 20 presentation slots in the Quality Innovation Series.
  • Abstracts are reviewed, scored and selected based on established topics of interest and learning goals set by the NCQA Education Selection Committee.
  • 2022 Quality Innovation Series topics of interest and learning goals are listed below and are subject to change based on learner need and evolving health care quality landscape priorities, as defined by NCQA’s annual Educational Learner Needs Assessment Survey, evaluation results from previous Quality Innovation Series events, NCQA Leadership Team priorities and Education Selection Committee recommendations.
    • Topics of interest include Behavioral Health, Care Team, Chronic Care Management, Delivery System Transformation, Digital Quality, Health Equity, Measurement and Reporting, Payer Provider Collaboration, Public Policy, Specialty Care, Telehealth, Value Based Care.
    • Presentations should highlight best practices, case studies and health care quality innovation.
    • Presentations should be relevant to one or more of the following target audiences: Community-Based Organizations, Health Plans, Health Systems, Primary and Specialty Care Providers, State Agencies, Health Care Vendors including IT and Consultants, PCMH Certified Content Experts.  
  • Round 1 abstract review and selection begins October 15, 2021. Additional submissions will be considered monthly until all slots are filled. Final selections will be based on the score and merit of each abstract and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • If an abstract does not meet the learning objectives or goals for the Quality Innovation Series, NCQA may give the submitter the opportunity to be considered for another NCQA educational event.
  • Submitters will be notified when their abstract is accepted. If an abstract is not selected, submitters will be notified after all presentation slots have been filled.
  • Please submit questions about the submission or selection process through My NCQA.

Accepted Speakers

  • Accepted speakers are required to complete 1.) an NCQA Disclosure Form, 2.) an NCQA Letter of Agreement and 3.) an NCQA New Vendor Form. These files must be uploaded through the NCQA Required Files Form.
  • Accepted speakers will be assigned to an NCQA Education Manager.
  • Presentation deadline dates, guidelines and requirements will be sent to accepted speakers upon acceptance.
  • Accepted speakers may select one of two options for compensation: 1.) a $500 honorarium or
    2.) complimentary access to the Quality Innovation Series.
  • An accepted speaker who changes employment must notify NCQA immediately. NCQA will determine whether is declined due to change of employment. If the content references the submitter/speaker’s previous employer, the submitter/speaker must receive permission from someone at the previous organization with authority to approve the person speaking on behalf of the organization. All documentation must be provided to NCQA.

Intellectual Property

Each speaker is responsible for ensuring that all materials and content used and/or presented do not infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity or the privacy rights of any individual. Protected health information must be removed or blocked from materials, including patient identifiers, and any patient data must be deidentified in accordance with HIPAA.

Speakers represent and warrant that they have the right to use and/or present the materials and content, and agree that NCQA has the right to record their presentation and to publish and reproduce the recorded session (including the speaker’s image, as applicable) and associated materials. NCQA will own all rights, including copyright, in the program/course recording and materials, including, but not limited to, faculty talking points, PowerPoint slides, website postings, discussion board postings and resource documents. Reuse of any NCQA program/course-related material without NCQA’s express written permission is strictly prohibited.

Use of Name/Image and Release

For good and valuable consideration, I give the National Committee for Quality Assurance and its successors and assigns, employees, agents and directors (collectively, “NCQA”), a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to exercise all copyright and all other legal rights, including, but not limited to, any publicity or privacy rights I may have, to my image and likeness submitted to NCQA by me (collectively, the “Materials”), and I relinquish any rights, title and interest I may have in connection to the Materials. I also give NCQA the right to use my name and any biographical data I give in connection with the Materials. I agree that I will not sue NCQA for its use of the Materials and related name and biographical data.

I am 18 years of age or older and I have read and understand this release. This release is to be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia and I consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the state and federal courts sitting in the District of Columbia. By submitting these documents, you are agreeing to the terms of this release.


Terms of Submission

NCQA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

Your submission may be published, displayed or broadcast by NCQA for any lawful purpose. The presentation as well as your name and credentials, edited excerpts, quotes and images from the materials you submit may be used by NCQA for testimonials and marketing in print materials and online in all media formats.

By checking the box and clicking the "Submit" button you consent to the publication of your name and credentials as you specified your online submission. You also represent that you have obtained any permissions from other individuals as necessary for the publication and display of the presentation and content.


Guidelines Subject to Change

NCQA reserves the right to update the abstract guidelines at any time based on learner needs and evolving health care quality landscape priorities, as defined by NCQA’s annual Educational Learner Needs Assessment Survey, evaluation results from previous Quality Innovation Series events, NCQA Leadership Team priorities and Education Selection Committee recommendations. These guidelines were updated on September 22, 2021.