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Advancing Care Information SSR Bonus

Surgeons who wish to transfer their certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) data to the Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR) may be eligible for a 5-percent bonus on their Advancing Care Information (ACI) score in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). To be eligible to receive this Public Health and Clinical Data Registry bonus in payment year 2019—based on 2017 reporting—surgeons will need to create an account within the SSR, attest to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that they have registered with the SSR and are utilizing CEHRT, and maintain record of their registration for at least 10 years in case of audit.

In 2017, you will not need to transmit any data from you CEHRT to the registry. For those interested in qualifying for this bonus option but have already registered for the SSR, you will not need to register again. The SSR will provide you with proof in case of audit. Registration of intent allows surgeons to be eligible for the Public Health and Clinical Data Registry bonus—the beginning stage of “active engagement.” Pending further regulation, the SSR will require that participants progress to a testing and validation stage, and, eventually, to a production stage, in which actual EHR data is uploaded to the SSR without manual entry. Until that time, surgeons will only need to register to be eligible for bonus points for the measure.

The SSR will update its users once the next stage of active engagement is set to begin. As a reminder, the SSR cannot be used to report the ACI performance category; it can only be used to achieve bonus points in the ACI performance category. Visit the CMS Quality Payment Program website to learn more about the ACI performance category.