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ACS Updates Online Tool to Navigate 2018 Quality Payment Program

QPP homepageThe American College of Surgeons (ACS) has updated its online resource center to help surgeons navigate Medicare's Quality Payment Program (QPP) in 2018. The ACS QPP Resource Center can be accessed via the ACS website. There you will find continually updated information that walks you through the various components of the QPP. In addition, the ACS QPP Resource Center provides details on what surgeons need to do to meet 2017 program requirements. Surgeons are able to take steps through March 31, 2018, to avoid a payment penalty in 2019 based on 2017 participation.

The ACS is committed to being Fellows’ most valuable resource for participation in the QPP. If you have questions or would like more information, e-mail

Deadline to Submit and Approve 2017 MIPS Data via ACS SSR Extended to February 7

Surgeon Specific RegistryAll surgeons using the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR) to comply with the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2017 must approve the data submission for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the current SSR system. As a courtesy, the ACS SSR has extended the previous January 31 deadline to Wednesday, February 7.

To complete and approve your data submission, log in to the ACS data platform; go to the submission approval web page for instructions. Once the MIPS 2017 data submission has been completed and approved, it will be submitted to CMS. Visit the ACS MIPS Resources and Education web page for more information and instructions. If you no longer intend to participate in MIPS 2017, cancel your participation so that you will not receive further prompts. For more information, contact the SSR team at

Registration Now Open for ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2018

Leadership and Advocacy SummitRegistration is open for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2018, May 19–22 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide leaders and advocates with information on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.

The Leadership Summit will begin with a Welcome Reception Saturday, May 19, and will continue with a full day of sessions Sunday, May 20. Compelling speakers will address topics such as change management, managing complex teams, ethics in surgical leadership, leading in times of crisis, mentoring for a career in surgical leadership, and strategic thinking and planning. In addition, a portion of the event will be dedicated to sharing ACS chapter success stories and working to identify strategies to enhance and strengthen chapters.

The Advocacy Summit will begin Sunday, May 20, with a dinner and keynote address and will continue Monday, May 21, with a full day of sessions covering the College’s legislative priorities. Topics will focus on the political environment in Washington, and speakers will provide updates on important health care policies and issues that affect surgeons’ ability to provide quality patient care. Attendees will then apply this knowledge Tuesday, May 22, on Capitol Hill in face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and their staffs.

Register now. The early bird registration deadline is April 23, and the hotel reservation deadline to receive the group rate is April 13. For information about the Leadership Summit, contact Brian Frankel at or 312-202-5361. For information on the Advocacy Summit, contact Michael Carmody at or 202-672-1511.

Alex Azar Sworn in as HHS Secretary

Alex Azar was sworn in January 29 as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In his new role, Secretary Azar oversees HHS’ $1.11 trillion annual budget and 11 agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For more information, e-mail