Movement to the Designation Phase
A “Request to Move Letter” should be submitted when data from your quality improvement audits indicates your facility is meeting, or nearly meeting the standards outlined in the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria.
The “Request to Move Letter” should be sent to BFUSA at approximately 10 months into the Dissemination Phase. Your facility will then be sent an invoice for the Designation Phase fee.
When BFUSA has both the “Request to Move Letter” and payment of the Designation Phase fee, your facility will be mailed a Dissemination Phase Certificate of Completion and provided with the online Designation Phase Tool Kit. (Facilities wishing to move faster may submit the “Request to Move Letter” ahead of the time line and receive the Designation Phase fee invoice sooner than 10 months.
Receipt of the Dissemination Phase Certificate of Completion acknowledges your facility’s enrollment into the D4: Designation Phase of the 4-D pathway.
Please note: Facilities that have not submitted the request to move into the Designation Phase within 10 months of their entry into the Dissemination Phase will be invoiced for a second year in the Dissemination Phase.
Additional Time in the Phase
Be aware that every facility faces different challenges. Some find it necessary to take longer than the timelines outlined here to fully implement the tasks of the phase. If your facility is in this situation, you should not feel discouraged. The culture change you are making is enormous and sometimes requires additional time. If this is your circumstance, contact BFUSA to learn about your options.