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

SSR Users Updates: June 16, 2017

Dear SSR Participants,

Thank you for the continued feedback on the new Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR) platform. We appreciate your comments as we continue to improve the new SSR. As such, we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about ongoing work and upcoming updates to the new registry.

SSR User Group

More than 30 users have volunteered to be part of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) SSR User Group. This user group is having monthly calls with our staff leadership and SSR team to provide feedback on the registry. In addition, we have a beta testing group that is doing more in-depth testing of changes to functionality and additional variables that will soon be made available to all participants.

Upcoming SSR Updates

It is expected that we will make a number of functionality improvements to SSR based on your feedback in early July. The anticipated list of upcoming improvements includes:

  • Improvements to ICD and CPT® Code lookup functionality
  • Addition of a “hot list” for frequently used codes
  • Implementation of general surgery quality measures for CMS Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
  • Addition of variables to case form
    • CPT Code modifiers
    • Operative time
    • Admission and discharge dates
    • Secondary procedure codes
    • Primary payor status
    • Postop diagnosis

Please note these updates are still being tested and may be adjusted prior to the release. In addition, the migration of historical SSR data will begin in July. We will let all users know the comprehensive list of improvements and the exact release date and time before the release date.

Additional functionality and performance updates will be made over the coming months as we continue to optimize the new SSR platform and improve your user experience, including the development of a mobile application. We will provide a list of upcoming SSR updates in a future communication.

SSR Communications

In an ongoing effort to keep you informed, we will provide weekly updates to the SSR user community. Communications will be sent out approximately every Friday via email and posted to ACS Communities and the SSR website. As always, you can reach the SSR team with any questions or comments at ssr@facs.org or 312-202-5408.

Thank you,

ACS SSR Team