Diabetes Recognition Program: Updates

Important updates are coming to the NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program this Summer 2023.

Updates to Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP)

In 2021, the Helmsley Charitable Trust approved our application for a 4-year project to refresh the NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program and conduct new measure development. 

September 2023, NCQA will launch an updated DRP process. The refreshed program will include an updated platform, an updated measure set with the inclusion of kidney health, and an ongoing recognition status with Annual Reporting instead of a 3-year recognition cycle.  

The refreshed program offers: 

  • Flexibility. Practices have two ways to submit data through FHIR or csv. file. 
  • Personalized service. Clinicians have more interaction with NCQA and are assigned an NCQA representative who works with them throughout the recognition process as a consistent point of contact. 
  • User-friendly approach. Requirements remain meaningful, but with simplified reporting and less paperwork. 
  • Continuous improvement. By reviewing your progress more often, you keep performance improvement at the top of your priorities list. 
  • Alignment with changes in health care. The program aligns with current public and private initiatives and can adapt to future changes. 

Diabetes Recognition Refresh Features

2015 ProgramNew DRP Package
REQUIREMENTSPaper measure requirements

No updates since 2015

Submission every 3 years

Digitally specified measures

Phased-in new measures and standards

Annual submission

ELIGIBILITYClinician Recognition

Brick and mortar setting

Any specialty (MD, DO, APRN)

Face-to-face contact with patients

Submit data on care over 12 months

Clinician and eventually team Recognition, with team members identified

Any setting that cares for patients with diabetes

Any specialty (MD, DO, APRN)

New definition of initial population

SUBMISSIONApply and submit through program portal

Not linked to other NCQA systems

25-patient convenience sample

Enter information manually

Tool calculates performance

No collection of demographic data

Apply and submit through Q-PASS

Linked to PCMH Recognition; can create links for reporting

Full diabetic population, or a sample of 250 patients/clinician

Digital submission (.csv, FHIR®)

Must apply to see performance

Questionnaire collects demographic information


You may have questions about what is best for your practice. You can submit any questions you have through MyNCQA and an NCQA representative will get back to you promptly. 

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