The CAHPS for Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Survey

The CAHPS for PQRS Survey is a version of the CAHPS Clinician & Group Survey developed for group practices that provide primary care services and participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Since 2014, CMS has been requiring annual administration of this survey by participating group practices with 100 or more eligible professionals; it is optional for group practices with 2–99 eligible professionals.

Because the CAHPS for PQRS Survey adds items to the core CAHPS Clinician & Group Survey, it generates a larger set of patient experience measures (referred to as summary survey measures, or SSMs):

  • Getting Timely Care, Appointments and Information (core).
  • How Well Providers Communicate (core).
  • Care Coordination (core).
  • Courteous and Helpful Office Staff (core).
  • Patient’s Rating of Provider (core).
  • Access to Specialists.
  • Health Promotion and Education.
  • Shared Decision Making.
  • Health Status/Functional Status.
  • Between Visit Communication.
  • Helping You to Take Medication as Directed.
  • Stewardship of Patient Resources.

To access the survey and all supporting documentation for survey administration, please visit No documentation for this survey is available on AHRQ’s Web site.

For technical assistance with this survey, contact: or 1-844-472-4294.

Page last reviewed February 2017
Page originally created February 2017
Internet Citation: The CAHPS for Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Survey. Content last reviewed February 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.