PRIME Registry Was Originally Launched with a Mission to Benefit ABFM Diplomates

The American Board of Family Medicine is the only certifying board to run a QCDR. When it was launched in 2016, there was not already a resource to help small practices stay viable as reporting requirements ramped up.

Today, PRIME Registry supports thousands of clinicians, across 47 states, with patients across all 50 states.PRIME is committed to helping relieve burden, protect practice revenue, improve patient outcomes, and support and advocate for primary care.

PRIME Registry is FREE to ABFM Diplomates for the First Reporting Year

Because we value Diplomates’ contributions to the value of family medicine and to primary care, we want to make the registry affordable. The ABFM Foundation continues to subsidize Diplomates’ participation in the registry. The Diplomate’s first year of participation is always free. Funding is evaluated on an annual basis and is often provided for additional participation years.

After the first year, registry participation is $460 per clinician per year.

Choose from “Registry Favorites” for MIPS Improvement Activities and Earn ABFM PI Activity Credit

ABFM Diplomates who use the PRIME Registry Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) dashboard to submit their data for that payment model can now choose from a list of ‘Registry Favorites” in the Improvement Activities (IA) category and use that activity for both MIPS and ABFM certification points. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) improvement activities should be submitted as Self-Directed activities.

Check out the guide to self-directed PI activities and the PHATE PI activity here. For questions about PI Activities, contact Ann Williamson.

New! Population Health PI Activity:

A new PI Activity option is now available utilizing the PHATE tool in your PRIME Registry dashboard. This activity, which takes two weeks to complete from initiation to completion, guides the physician through an exercise designed to deepen their own understanding of Social Determinants of Health, and to apply this understanding in practice with their patients. You can access this PI Activity in your ABFM Physician Portfolio.

Measures That Matter

PRIME Registry has become an important platform for developing and testing high-value primary care measures and getting them endorsed by CMS for MIPS reporting. The PRIME Registry measure set currently includes two MIPS-approved measures developed as part of the Measures That Matter initiative, the Person-Centered Primary Care Measure (PCPCM) and the Continuity of Care measure. For more information, see the Measures That Matter brochure.


PRIME Registry is an increasingly important research platform, enabling primary care to tell its story about the epidemiology, quality, and effectiveness of front-line practices, and attract resources to primary care sufficient to support comprehensive, relationship-rich care. More information about the Registry’s research and advocacy efforts may be found on the Center website at