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SSR News and Updates

The 2017 year will bring many changes, not only to the SSR program and system, but also to CMS regulatory reporting. With these changes come many important updates that we wish to keep you well informed of, and if you are a current SSR user then some of those updates may require your attention and action. For all of the latest information on the SSR and how it affects you, follow our News and Updates feed below (items are displayed by most recent in descending order).

March 15, 2017

ACS New Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR)—Webinar Training Sessions

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is very excited to bring you the New SSR hosted by QuintilesIMS. The New SSR is set to go live in spring 2017. Attending one of the webinar training sessions will help you prepare for this transition by providing you a demonstration of the new system, its capabilities and features.

The New ACS SSR registry will have many enhanced features including improved reporting capabilities, delegate-level access to enter data, and the ability to add custom fields for additional variables you find relevant.

We encourage both our current users and any interested individuals to attend. Please see the following list of dates and times that the webinar training sessions will be held (please note: the same content will be presented for all webinar training sessions).

  • Tuesday, April 4, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm CST
  • Wednesday, April 5, 9:00 am–10:00 am CST
  • Thursday, April 6, 11:00 am–12:00 pm CST
  • Thursday, April 6, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm CST
  • Tuesday, April 11, 9:00 am–10:00 am CST
  • Wednesday, April 12, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm CST
  • Wednesday, April 12, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm CST
  • Thursday, April 13, 8:00 am–9:00 am CST

Register online for one of the above webinar training sessions.

Please contact SSR@facs.org if you have any questions.

 

March 1, 2017

Permission Agreement to Transfer Data – Deadline Extension (for current SSR users ONLY)

As we prepare to go live with the New SSR, part of that process involves migrating all of your historical data in the current SSR system over to the New SSR platform. To ensure a seamless transfer of your data in the current SSR system to the New SSR platform, we ask you to provide the ACS with permission to move your data to the New SSR platform (hosted by QuintilesIMS) from the current SSR system (hosted by Resilience Software Inc.).

The ACS has now extended the deadline for you to complete the Permission Agreement to Transfer Data. Please complete it at your earliest convenience and no later than Friday, March 31, 2017.

Steps to complete the permission agreement for data transfer to the New SSR platform:

  1. Click on the following link: https://surgeonregistry.com/user/permission_to_transfer_data.
  2. Log-in using your username and password (if you do not know your login information, call 1-866-694-2323).
  3. To agree, check all four available boxes.
  4. Click on "Save Choice" and an automatic email will be sent to you from caseloghelp@facs.org.
    • Please note, if at first you do not receive the email then check your SPAM/Junk folder. If you have still not received the email, then please email SSR@facs.org indicating this with your full name and contact information (please include an email address and phone number if possible).
  5. Go to this email and click on the link in it to finalize your permission (Note: You may have to log-in again)
  • Please note, you must click on the link in this email to fully complete the Permission Agreement to Transfer Data

Additionally, if you used the SSR to participate in PQRS 2016, then please note that the Permission Agreement to Transfer Data is unrelated to your PQRS 2016 data submission; and your PQRS 2016 data will be submitted to CMS regardless of your action on this item. However, we highly recommend that all current SSR users agree to the data transfer so that all of your past data, including PQRS data, is transferred over to the New SSR system for your own archival purposes.

Please do not hesitate to contact the ACS SSR Team at SSR@facs.org should you have any questions.

 

February 2017

Planning to Use the SSR for MIPS 2017?

The SSR has been preliminarily approved as a QPP MIPS-Qualified Entity for 2017. Pending final CMS approval, the following components of MIPS will be available for surgeons to fulfill through the SSR:

  • Quality component (formerly known as PQRS)
  • Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) component (new program)

Interested in learning more about QPP MIPS 2017? Visit the ACS QPP Resource Center to view some brief informational videos created by the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy. Additionally, please feel free to reach out to us at SSR@facs.org.

Advancing Care Information (ACI) – Registry Bonus

Are you interested in potentially earning some bonus points toward your overall 2017 composite score?

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.

 

January 2017

The New ACS Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR)

We are very excited to announce that the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR) program 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 the 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 and prospective SSR participants in spring 2017.

For current SSR users, our goal is to seamlessly migrate your current data into the new system.

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 become available. In the meantime, please reach out to us at SSR@facs.org if you have any questions.