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 http://www.pqrscahps.org. No documentation for this survey is available on AHRQ’s Web site.

For technical assistance with this survey, contact: pqrscahps@hcqis.org 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. http://www.ahrq.gov/cahps/surveys-guidance/cg/pqrs-cahps.html