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SSR Users Update | April 2020 News and Updates

Dear SSR Participant,

Thank you for your continued participation in the American College of Surgeons Surgeon Specific Registry (ACS SSR™). We understand that COVID-19 is having a significant impact on your lives and professions, so please remember to visit the ACS COVID-19 and Surgery microsite, where the ACS has posted a variety of resources for your use and information. If you would like to receive the Bulletin: ACS COVID-19 Updates newsletter, please subscribe here.

Please note the following ICD-10 codes for COVID-19 were updated in the SSR and are now available: 

  • ICD-10 code U07.1 (Yes, confirmed via lab test)
  • ICD-10 code U07.2 (Yes, clinical/epidemiological diagnosis not confirmed via lab test)

MIPS 2019 Participation

Additionally, we commend those of you who have used the SSR to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and have approved their MIPS 2019 data in the SSR for submission to CMS. We are now finalizing the 2019 data submission to CMS on your behalf. The final deadline was extended by CMS from March 31, 2020, to April 30, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CMS has declared that, “MIPS-eligible clinicians who do not submit their MIPS 2019 data by the April 30, 2020, deadline will have the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy applied and receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2021 payment year.” Any questions specifically about this issue should be directed to the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) Service Center at QPP@cms.hhs.gov or 1-866-288-8292.

MIPS 2020 Participation Now Available in the SSR

MIPS 2020 participation is now available in the SSR Qualified Registry, which includes the following four steps: 

  1. Sign up for MIPS 2020 Participation
  2. Enter 2020 case data and report Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs)
  3. Review your data with the MIPS 2020 Measures Reports
  4. Coming soon: Approve your MIPS 2020 data for submission to CMS (i.e. Preview Submission Report)

Verify your MIPS 2020 eligibility.

For more information about MIPS 2020 participation in the SSR, including available CQMs options, measures specifications, and Improvement Activities options, visit the ACS SSR website. The MIPS 2020 Quick Guide educational resource provides quick, detailed instructions on each of the four main steps of MIPS 2020 participation in the SSR.

For any questions about the SSR, including MIPS, contact SSR@facs.org or 1-312-202-5408.

For any SSR technical issues, contact ACS Technical Support (hosted by IQVIA) at ACSTechSupport@IQVIA.com or 1-877-600-7237 (toll-free).

Thank you again for your continued participation in the ACS SSR.

Sincerely,

Your SSR Team