Welcome to the official site of the Primary Care First (PCF) Patient Experience of Care Survey (PECS) (CAHPS® with PCF supplemental items)

Doctor and patient smiling.The Primary Care First (PCF) Patient Experience of Care Survey (PECS) (CAHPS® with PCF supplemental items) is designed to measure the experiences of people receiving care from Practice Sites participating in the Primary Care First (PCF) model. Beginning in 2021, the PCF PECS is conducted for PCF Practice Sites by survey vendors approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

For more information on the background of the PCF PECS and participation requirements visit the  About PCF PECS page. For information about how to become an approved PCF PECS vendor, please click on the Vendor Application Process link under the "Vendors" tab above.

Viewers are encouraged to check this site, which is the official website for PCF PECS, regularly for updated information about PCF PECS.

For more information, please contact or call 1-833-997-2715.
For questions or support for Practices, please contact PCF Support by email at or by phone at 1-888-517-7753.

For information about the availability of auxiliary aids and services, please visit:

Para información sobre esta encuesta o para hablar con alguien en español, por favor, comuníquese con el personal de coordinación de encuestas de PCF PECS por correo electrónico a la dirección  o puede llamar al número gratuito 1-833-997-2715.

PCF PEC Survey – Highlighted Dates and Deadlines

The full PCF PECS Implementation Timeline is available in the Surveys and Protocols tab.

Activity Date(s)
Vendor Application, Approval and Authorization
Survey vendor application period 01/03/24 – 02/02/24
Introduction to PCF PECS Training for Vendors self-paced webinar (for conditionally approved vendors) 03/04/24 – 03/08/24
PCF PEC Survey Vendor Update Training webinar (for fully approved vendors) 03/06/24
Deadline for conditionally approved vendors to complete training certification exam 03/08/24
Updated vendor list with conditionally approved vendors is available on PCF PECS website and PCF Connect 03/14/24
Practices authorize a vendor for the PY 2024 PEC Survey* 03/11/24 – 06/14/24
Vendors submit Quality Assurance Plans (QAPs) 03/04/24 – 05/03/24
Final vendor list is available on PCF PECS website and PCF Connect with list of fully approved vendors 05/10/24
Patient Data Collection by Survey Vendors
Sample files are posted to PCF PEC Survey website for vendors 09/10/24
Teaser postcard mailing 09/23/24
Help Desk opens 09/24/24
1st Questionnaire mailing 09/30/24
Reminder/Thank you postcard mailing 10/07/24
2nd Questionnaire mailing 10/28/24
CATI non-response follow up 11/18/24 – 12/17/24
All mail and telephone data collection ends; Help Desk closes 12/17/24
Data Submission
1st interim data submission due from vendors 10/21/24
2nd interim data submission due from vendors 11/27/24
Final data submission due from vendors 01/17/25

*Only PCF Practice Sites that will be switching to a different survey vendor and those that will be participating in PCF for the first time will need to complete the online Vendor Authorization form