American Joint Replacement Registry helps you achieve better patient care and payment eligibility.

Hospitals and other providers that have joined The Alliance’s QualityPath™ for Elective Knee and Total Hip Replacement must also be enrolled in the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). This Alliance requirement ensures members access to a CMS-approved registry whose tools and user network add value to quality improvement efforts.

The impact of QualityPath goes beyond the care for individual patients and cost savings for both patients and employers. Through QualityPath, Alliance members are collectively “raising the bar” by changing the way care is delivered for all patients. This is having a positive impact on the health care delivery system. That’s because, to be part of QualityPath, doctors and hospitals need to improve their systems of care – and utilizing data to help inform decisions based on care is part of the reason why Registry participation is so important.

A prominent orthopaedics department chair utilizing the AJRR said, “Providers need timely, accurate, and clinically relevant information to improve patient outcomes, determine appropriate care, engage patients in decision making, and be good stewards of scarce resources. Being able to see my data on the Registry Insights™ dashboard and compare it to national benchmarks helps me make a difference in my quality improvement efforts.”

AJRR staff recently held a webinar on maximizing Registry participation for Alliance members. The following topics were covered regarding advantages of participation:

  • Utilizing the Registry Insights dashboards for your reporting and analyses needs
  • The data specifications, extraction, and submission protocol
  • Patient-reported outcome implementation, collection, and reporting methods
  • Accessing AJRR’s online forum to interact with other Registry users

If you missed the QualityPath/AJRR Webinar, you can access it here.

Utilizing a national dataset of orthopaedic procedures for hospital administrators and surgeons is essential to driving the field of orthopedics forward. AJRR just released its 2017 Annual Report which gives the most comprehensive picture to date of U.S. hip and knee replacement patterns. In 2017, AJRR achieved a major milestone by entering one million arthroplasty procedures into the Registry.

The AJRR has seen significant participation growth since our previous annual report; this year’s report has a 101 percent increase in procedures, a 57 percent increase in reporting institutions, and a 50 percent increase in surgeons,” said Daniel J. Berry, MD, chair of the AJRR Board of Directors.

The states of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois are well represented in the national Registry. Sixty-two percent of the hospitals in Wisconsin are already participating in AJRR; Iowa has 43 percent and Illinois 25 percent.

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