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CQIP Application Process

The coordinated quality improvement application process includes submitting:

  1. A completed application form (Word) 
  2. Attach the appropriate fee paid by check or money order payable to the: Department of Health
    (Please note that fees are non-refundable)

    Application Type Description Fee


    This is the first time applying for CQIP plan department approval.



    The original application was received department approval and applicant is modifiying their original approved plan



    The plan has received approval from another joint commission or accrediting healthcare organization that is substantially equivallent to RCW 70.41.200(1). Applicant must provide a copy of the accrediting approval.

  3. The submitted application must have the following:

    • A table of contents that clearly specifies where each component of WAC 246-50-020 is located within the CQIP plan and indicates the page number.
    • A written plan that meets the minimum requirements of a department-approved CQIP plan. The areas marked with a (▲) and in bold type on the *CQIP guidelines (PDF) are the minimum required components specified in WAC 246-50-020 and must be described in detail within the CQIP plan
    • If the plan is a modification indicate in the cover letter the modification from the original plan.
  4. Send your completed application and application materials to:

    Department of Health
    Attn: Jovi Swanson or Patti Rathbun
    Coordinated Quality Improvement Program
    PO Box 1099
    Olympia, WA 98504-1099

  5. The department will send an approval letter within 45 working days from the date the application was received by the coordinated quality improvement program office. However if the reviewer needs more information the reviewer will contact the health care entity for additional information.

* Please note:
The CQIP Recommended Guidelines include standards generally required by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and/or the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). For information on accreditation by JCAHO or NCQA please contact them directly at:

JCAHO - One Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 or 630/792-5000

NCQA - 1100 13th Street, NW Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005