Recognition Notes

The Newsletter of NCQA Recognition Programs

April 2014

December 2013

May 2013

June 2012 (Pt 1)

June 2012 (Pt 2)



What is Recognition?

NCQA Clinician Recognition Programs empower employers, health plans, patients and consumers to make informed heath care decisions based on quality. Participation in a NCQA Recognition Program demonstrated that you value quality health care delivery and the latest clinical protocols to ensure your patients receive the best care at the right time.

NCQA Recognition Programs

RP Announcements
Get the latest information and updates on all Recognition Programs, news and questions.

Research and Industry Resources
Find related research articles and supporting organizations, including consultative and technical support for NCQA Recognition Programs.

Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition (PCSP)
This program recognizes specialty practices that have successfully coordinated care with their primary care colleagues and each other, and that meet the goals of providing timely access to care and continuous quality improvement.

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
Recognizes clinician practices functioning as medical homes by using systematic, patient-centered and coordinated care management processes.

Government Recognition Initiative
Works with government agencies to promote concepts of the Patient-Centered Medical Home and to recognize Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) as Medical Homes.

Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP)
Recognizes clinicians who demonstrate that they provide high-quality care to patients with diabetes.

Heart/Stroke Recognition Program (HSRP)
Recognizes clinicians who demonstrate that they provide high-quality care to patients with cardiac conditions or who have had a stroke.

Physician Practice Connections (PPC) (RETIRED)
Recognizes clinician practices that use up-to-date information and systems to enhance patient care.

Back Pain Recognition Program (BPRP) (RETIRED)
Recognizes clinicians who take a patient-centered approach and deliver care in accordance with widely accepted, evidence-based guidelines.

Medical Boards Awarding Certification for Recognition

ABFM-certified physicians enrolled in NCQA's BPRP, DRP, HSRP and PCMH 2011 Recognition Programs are eligible to receive Part IV Maintenance of Certification credit for achieving NCQA Recognition.

ABIM-certified physicians enrolled in NCQA's Diabetes, Back Pain, or Heart/Stroke Recognition Programs can use the data obtained from these programs to complete the ABIM Self-Directed PIM and earn Maintenance of Certification credit.


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Recognition Program Resources

Free Webinar Training
These free programs will help complete the application and submission process.

In-Person Training
NCQA offers a host of live educational seminars on Recognition programs around the country. Find information on the next training sessions.

Purchase Survey Materials
Obtain materials for Recognition application and submission for the Recognition programs

Health Plans Using Recognition
See how health plans are using NCQA Recognition Programs to improve quality.

Data License
Learn how to license the Recognition data to use in your own provider directories.