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

SSR Users Updates: July 7, 2017

Dear SSR Participants,

The next SSR release is currently scheduled for July 8 and is expected to include the following items:

  • Ability to print individual case forms*
  • Addition of CPT® Code modifiers for primary procedures*
  • Addition of hot list for commonly used codes*
  • Allow for single-digit entry for dates (ex: 5/6/17 instead of 05/06/2017)
  • Addition of ABS submission reports
  • Improvements to ICD and CPT Code lookup functionality
  • Addition of HCPCS codes
  • Implementation of general surgery quality measures and Clinical Performance Improvement Activities (CPIA) measures for CMS Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
  • Addition of date/time case is created in case grid
  • Ability to hide/deactivate custom fields and custom field answer options
  • Ability to configure the order of custom fields on the case form
  • Ability to add/view comments to individual variables in the case form
  • Ability to reset password without contacting tech support by answering previously setup challenge questions
  • Ability to enter BMI directly without entering height and weight
  • Removal of BMI validation/limitation
  • Ability to add/view comments to individual variables on the case form
  • Availability of historical case form for cases prior to January 1, 2017
  • Addition of variables to case form
    • Preop risk factors
      • Hypertension requiring medication
      • Congestive heart failure
      • Current smoker
      • Diabetes mellitus
    • Operative time
    • Surgical assistant
    • Admission and discharge dates
    • Secondary procedure codes
    • Primary payor status
    • Postop diagnosis fields

In order to accommodate these updates on July 8, the SSR platform will be down from Saturday, July 8, 12:00 midnight (EDT) until Sunday, July 9, 12:00 midnight (EDT). Please save all work and log out of the system by 11:45 pm (EDT) on Friday, July 7 to avoid losing data. Please look for a release guide in the Notifications section of the registry for more details on these items and where to find them in the registry.

*Please note the following for these release items:

Ability to print individual case forms: The printing of individual case forms being introduced in this release will span several pages. A future release will provide the ability for a single page case summary report to print instead of a multi-page case form.

Addition of CPT Code modifiers to primary procedures: The modifiers will appear in a drop down box and it may be cumbersome to see all modifiers that have been selected. A future release will allow users to more easily see what modifiers have been chosen for a code and will allow modifiers to be added to secondary codes. 

Addition of a “hotlist” for commonly used codes: There will be separate CPT Code hotlists for Primary and Secondary Procedures, as well as separate ICD-10 hotlists for Pre-op and Post-op Diagnoses fields. Depending on user feedback, we may opt to combine the various hotlists into a single CPT hotlist and a single ICD-10 hotlist in the future.

If you have questions, please reach out to us at ssr@facs.org or 312-202-5408.

Thank you,

Your SSR Team