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The Guideline Advantage

A quality improvement program from the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association.

Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP)

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NCQA developed the Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of consistent high quality care. This voluntary program is designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes. 


The DRP Program has 11 measures which cover areas such as:

  • HbA1c control
  • Blood Pressure control
  • LDL control
  • Eye examinations
  • Nephropathy Assessment
  • Smoking  and Tobacco Use and cessation advice or treatment  

Those who achieve DRP Recognition show their peers, patients and others in the Diabetes community that they are part of an elite group that is publicly recognized for their skill in providing the highest-level diabetes care. 

Eligible clinicians will abstract data from the charts of diabetes patients (25 patients for a single applicant) and submit this information to NCQA for review.

Program Information

Before | I'm Considering

During | I'm in Process

After | I'm Recognized

Purchase Materials

Recognition Program Software Certification
Evaluates compliance and compatibility with the data collection and reporting requirements of the DRP program.


For more information, submit a question to PCS select "Recognition Programs."

See if your question has already been answered. Access important FAQs and other important information before you submit your question:

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. Please see details regarding PCMH 2011 criteria.


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.

Diabetes Recognition Program Summit

Diabetes Recognition Program Summit

Early Summer 2012, NCQA convened a Diabetes Recognition Program Summit to discuss the impact diabetes is having on our community and its citizens.


Recognition Program Resources

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

In-Person Training
NCQA live educational seminars on Recognition programs offered around the country.

Purchase Survey Materials
Materials for Recognition application and submission for Recognition programs

Health Plans Using Recognition
A list of insurers who use NCQA Recognition to improve quality.

Data License
Using our Recognition data in your own directories.

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ATTENTION: Change to NCQA Participation in PQRS

In order to meet surging demand for NCQA’s most active physician practice Recognition programs, we are ending our participation as a qualified registry in the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

NCQA became a PQRS registry in 2009 to give clinicians a convenient way to submit data to CMS at the same time they submitted data for NCQA Recognition. Quality reporting has evolved to the point that NCQA’s registry no longer plays the critical, streamlining role it once did. We are pleased that we were able to play this role for more than four years, while other reporting options emerged.

To choose a qualified registry for 2014 reporting, consult this CMS Web site. Services and costs may vary by registry.

All of us at NCQA who work with physician practices like yours thank you for using our registry, and we urge you to continue the important work of improving health care quality.