American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Message to the SSR Community

To our SSR community,

Since our rollout of the new Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR) last week, we have heard from many of you. Some of you have shared positive feedback, but some of you have also told us about things that can be improved. Rest assured, we have heard, will continue to hear you, and will continue to address your concerns.

One of our goals in building the new SSR was to provide features that would allow you to participate successfully in the new Medicare payment system. That functionality does indeed exist in the new platform. We are also working to continually bring in additional features to help facilitate use of the new SSR. We have already begun to make a list of those features that you have told us would be helpful and are critically important to include.

 You can view a working list online at: http://www.facs.org/ssr/workinglist

This list is a work in progress. After you review it, please feel free to continue to tell us your ideas for improvements for the new SSR. There are two ways to provide us feedback:

  • Email your comments to asachs@facs.org
  • Call our SSR Hotline at: 312-202-5626.
    Effective April 24 at 4:00 pm (Central).
    The hotline will be staffed from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Central), Monday through Friday. You can also leave a voicemail message all other times, including weekends.

Moving forward, we plan to continuously improve functionality with the system, as well as address your enhancement opportunities, and will continue to message programmatic updates and educate you on how to use the system.  

We ask for your patience while we work to refine the new SSR. The new system has updated codes, will allow benchmarking performance with the larger surgeon community, and provide for improved opportunities to import EHR data or data from other registries, which were not available in the prior SSR.

While we will continue to refine and develop the SSR, learning and using the new SSR will better serve your long-term needs. We have worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to achieve and maintain recognition of the SSR as both a Qualified Registry and a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for the former Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and moving forward, under the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the new ACS SSR has been approved as a QPP MIPS-Qualified Entity for 2017.

Before launch, we did have test users provide us with valuable feedback via a prototype sandbox project. However, we also rely on feedback from the entire population of SSR users, and we’d like to expand our conversation further on additional improvements that can be made to the program. As active users, we’d like to keep you engaged in the new SSR. If you are willing to be part of a recurrent conversation to continually improve the new SSR, please send your email address to: ulangenscheidt@facs.org.

With the collective input and experience of the SSR user community, we believe the new SSR will be a valuable tool for you as you seek to comply with regulatory mandates, improve your performance, and assist you in providing high quality surgical services to your patients. Your feedback throughout this process will continue to be genuinely appreciated.

And do stay tuned for further communications. Our three main modes of communication will be via email, ACS Communities, and the ACS SSR website. We look forward to continuing to partner with you to achieve the goal of providing a surgeon-centered resource built to achieve optimal surgical care.

Sincerely,

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
ACS Executive Director

Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, FACS
Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care