Heart/Stroke Recognition Program
The Heart/Stroke Recognition Program provides clinicians with tools that support delivery of high-quality care to patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or who have had a stroke.
What Is Heart/Stroke Recognition?
This program recognizes clinicians who use evidence-based measures to provide quality care to their CVD and stroke patients. Recognition makes you part of an elite group that is publicly recognized for providing the highest level of care.
What Measures Are Included?
Program measures cover:
- Blood Pressure Control.
- Use of Aspirin or Another Antiplatelet.
- Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Assistance.
- Body Mass Index Screening.
- Statin Therapy for Patients With Cardiovascular Disease.
To earn NCQA Recognition, clinicians submit data demonstrating that they meet specific criteria for the 5 clinical performance measures comprising the Heart/Stroke Recognition Program.
Get Started by Downloading the Introductory Packet
Achieving recognition starts with downloading and reviewing the Heart/Stroke Recognition Program introductory packet.
Submit questions through My NCQA.
Program fees are based on the price of one web-based Data Collection Tool (DCT), and on the number of clinicians in the clinician group who are seeking recognition.
NCQA Updates to Heart/Stroke Recognition
NCQA made minor changes that were effective February 5, 2018. Changes provide updated codes to the NDC list, value set and data dictionary for the Statin Therapy for Patients With Cardiovascular Disease (SPC) HEDIS measure.
Update to NDC List Table Names
As HEDIS® measures evolve, more information may be necessary for measurement. NCQA will provide NDC lists for practices to use when submitting measurement data. A link to the NDC list is available in the resources section of the data collection tool. The NDC table names for SPC have changed but the content remains the same. Below are the new table names to identify NDC codes for the SPC measure.
- Table SPC-A: Estrogen Agonists Medications List
- Table SPC-B: High and Moderate-Intensity Statin Medications List
Updated Value Set and Data Dictionary Codes for HSRP
The list of eligible ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes to identify patients with ischemic vascular disease (IVD) has changed. The current value set is available in the resources section of the data collection tool.
Education and Training
See education opportunities that include live, in-person seminars and live and on-demand webinars.
Medical Board Maintenance of Certification Credits
Clinicians in NCQA-Recognized practices may be able to receive MOC credits toward board-level certifications.
Promoting Your Recognition
Earning NCQA Heart/Stroke Recognition sets you apart from your peers in attracting patients and contracting with payers. Promote your status with these tools.
Recognized practices are listed in the NCQA Report Cards on the NCQA website. The directory can be searched by practices and clinicians.