Medical Boards Awarding Certification for Recognition

American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)

ABFM-certified physicians enrolled in NCQA's DRP, HSRP and PCMH 2011 and PCMH 2014 Recognition Programs are eligible to receive Part IV Maintenance of Certification credit for achieving NCQA Recognition. Individuals must attest to meaningful participation in quality improvement (QI) projects as part of obtaining NCQA recognition.

American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)

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

The Guideline Advantage

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

Heart/Stroke Recognition Program (HSRP)

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Click here to view changes to DRP and HSRP.

The Heart/Stroke Recognition Program was launched in 2003. This voluntary program is designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to persons with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or who have had a stroke.

 The Heart Stroke Recognition Program (HSRP) assesses key quality performance measures that are based on national evidence based guidelines for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Program measures include:

  • Blood Pressure Control
  • Use of Aspirin or Another Antiplatelet
  • Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Assistance
  • Body Mass Index Screening
  • Statin Therapy for Patients with Cardiovasular Disease

HSRP Recognition provides assurance that clinicians are providing high quality, evidenced–based care for their CVD and stroke patients.

Eligible clinicians will abstract data from the charts of CVD/stroke patients (35 patients for a single applicant) and submit this information to NCQA for review.


For more information, submit a PCS question using In the portal, click “My Questions”, select “Ask a Question,” then select “Policy/Program Clarification Support".

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

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.

ATTENTION: Change to NCQA Participation in PQRS

In order to meet surging demand for NCQA’s most active physician practice Recognition programs, we have ended 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  PQRS 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.