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Courtesy of AJRR, AOA and AAHKS

AJRR, AOA, AAHKS Team Up for Quality Reporting

Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Thu, May 5th, 2016

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The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) have joined forces to align their quality initiatives and reporting through the AJRR’s Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center. As indicated in the April 21, 2016 news release, this entity was again approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for 2016. Under this new collaboration, the three organizations will cooperate in offering the AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center, operated on the CECity Medconcert platform, for eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices interested in submitting Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures.

Says the April 25, 2016 news release, “The new collaboration with the AOA and AAHKS will result in additional measures to be included in the AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Center platform in 2016. The AOA will support expansion of the AJRR QCDR to carry two additional post-fracture PQRS measures. These process measures will cater to users of the AOA’s Own the Bone quality improvement program who wish to report on the osteoporosis management of their fragility fracture patients. In addition, the AAHKS collaboration with the AJRR QCDR in 2016 will add four additional custom measures documenting process and outcomes for hip arthroplasty patients. With these additions, the AJRR QCDR approved for 2016 includes a total of 38 PQRS and custom measures.”

“The Own the Bone program was created due to the AOA's conviction that more attention needed to be directed at preventing future fractures in addition to treating the orthopaedic consequences of the current fracture. We welcome the opportunity to partner with the AJRR and to support the expansion of the Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center QCDR, which now includes measures for post-fracture care coordination and osteoporosis management, ” said Kevin Black, M.D., president of The American Orthopaedic Association.

“The introduction of additional process and outcome measures for hip arthroplasty patients is an important step in ensuring our members have access to measures applicable to their practice and which will result in the highest quality of care for our patients. AAHKS supports the expansion of the AJRR as its official registry and looks forward to continued collaboration around the QCDR, ” said William Jiranek, M.D., President.

Daniel J. Berry, M.D., AJRR board of directors chair, told OTW, “The AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center now includes even more measures that are significant to the orthopaedic surgeons using it, with new post-fracture measures like Communication with the Physician or Other Clinician Managing On-going Care Post-Fracture for Men and Women Aged 50 Years and Older and Osteoporosis Management in Women Who Had a Fracture, ” said Dr. Berry. “At the heart of our Registry, we’ve always strived to be as relevant as possible to those conducting the surgery. The data from their work can help to improve outcomes, so the addition of custom hip arthroplasty measures like Postoperative Complications within 90 days following the procedure, Health and Functional Improvement, Shared Decision-Making: Trial of Conservative (Non-surgical) Therapy, and Venous Thromboembolic and Cardiovascular Risk Evaluation seemed like an obvious choice.”

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