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.

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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Changes to HSRP and DRP

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
  • Complete lipid profile  
  • Cholesterol control
  • Use of aspirin or another antithrombotic  
  • Smoking status and cessation advice or treatment  

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 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:

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.

PQRS Participation

Instructions for PQRS Qualification
Steps to take and documentation needed to meet PQRS requirements for reporting and reimbursement, using HSRP.

Frequently Asked Questions (HSRP)
FAQs and answers about PQRS - HSRP program.