Surgeon Specific Registry News
We are very excited to announce that the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR) platform continues to evolve to better serve your needs. To help surgeons measure outcomes and meet changing regulatory requirements, the ACS has partnered with QuintilesIMS to move all ACS quality program registries, including the SSR, together under one umbrella platform to build the ACS registry of the future.
Under the new registry platform, there will be a single data warehouse system in which all quality registry data will reside. This will eventually allow for the sharing of relevant quality data across various systems and integration with EHR systems, thereby minimizing the data entry burden for surgeons in SSR. The new ACS SSR registry will also feature enhanced reporting capabilities, delegate-level access to enter data, and the ability to add custom fields for additional variables you find relevant.
We expect the new ACS SSR to be available to all existing SSR participants in early 2017. Our goal is to seamlessly migrate your current data into the new system. Data transfer agreements will be available shortly on the existing SSR platform.
Please stay tuned for additional information to come in the future, including a new SSR participation agreement from ACS. We will keep you informed as more details regarding the move to the new SSR becomes available. In the meantime, please reach out to us if you have any questions.
About the Surgeon Specific Registry
The ACS SSR is an online software application and database that allows surgeons to track their cases and outcomes in a convenient, easy-to-use manner from their computer or mobile device (iPhone or iPad). The SSR builds on the ACS Case Log system, enabling surgeons not only to log and keep track of their cases, but also participate in an increasing number of regulatory programs for the individual health care professional.
It is becoming increasingly recognized that a database specific for surgeons is needed for a variety of different initiatives, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), various boards of surgery, and other regulatory items.
The SSR has been refined to continue addressing many of the regulatory requirements for individual surgeons. The system supports Part 4 of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and provides for electronic transmittal of cases to the American Board of Surgery for recertification. The SSR also continues to work closely with CMS to remain a PQRS-qualified registry and a PQRS-Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). The 2016 PQRS General Surgery Measures Group, 2016 PQRS individual measures, and 2016 ACS SSR Qualified Clinical Data Registry – Trauma measures will be available in the SSR later this year. If you have questions regarding PQRS participation in the SSR, please e-mail SSR@facs.org.
As of January 1, 2017, the SSR is able to receive clinical data from EHR systems in a manner that is consistent with the requirements specified for the Advancing Care Information performance category of MIPS beginning January 1, 2017.
Create an Account
Have you registered for the SSR? The SSR is currently free of charge for ACS members. To use this member resource, you will need to register for the system by logging in with your ACS username and password. You will then be taken to an account creation page.
The SSR is available to non-ACS surgeon members for an annual subscription fee of $299. Please purchase the one-year subscription to begin the registration process. Once you have purchased the one-year subscription, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Activation to the SSR will require one business day. You will receive an e-mail notification when your account is activated with instructions on next steps.
If you have already registered for the Surgeon Specific Registry, log in to the system and enter your cases. You only need to register once.