The Benefits of Participating in Our Registry

Ultimately, patients are the ones who benefit most when your organization and surgeons participate in AJRR, submit and analyze data, and actively utilize the knowledge gained to improve outcomes and quality of orthopaedic care.  With national benchmark data at your fingertips, you can compare your results to performance across the country as well as to institutions and practices similar to yours, supporting highly informed decision-making and quality improvement.

Designated a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), AJRR offers numerous benefits:

Value for Institutions (Hospitals, Health Systems, Surgery Centers, Practice Groups, Academic Medical Centers)

  • Compare your institution’s results to national demographic data – from large cities to rural towns, in all 50 states
  • Track and monitor joint arthroplasty outcomes within your institution
  • Access on-demand facility level reports
  • Receive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or manufacturer surveillance alerts on components for improved patient safety
  • Increase leverage with payers (for example, participation can help attain distinction in insurers’ quality programs)
  • Gain additional exposure on U.S. News and World Report’s Health website as a participating site in their Best Hospitals program
  • Receive expert marketing assistance, including press release template, logo, and branding guidelines
  • Take advantage of speaker support and assistance from professional communicators to market and promote your participation with the Registry
  • Participate in the Registry for FREE – with only a small annual subscription fee for access to the Demand Reporting & Electronic Dashboard System
  • Join the User Group Network and learn best practices from peers across the country

Value for Surgeons

  • Make informed decisions by utilizing AJRR metrics
  • Support quality initiatives, including Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)
  • Earn credits toward the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program (coming soon)
  • Improve patient follow up and intervention, and screen for those who may not need a revision following visit
  • Reduce complications and revision rates
  • Apply performance gap analysis and patient outlier identification to your data
  • Learn about new opportunities to participate in quality improvement collaboratives or adopt tools that may enhance clinical practice
  • Join the User Group Network and learn best practices from peers across the country

Value for Administrators

  • Participate in the AJRR User Group Network to share ideas with other users, discuss best practices, and learn ways to optimize and promote your Registry participation
  • Attend webinars or teleconferences on how to implement quality improvement activities
  • Receive support on how to optimally submit data and utilize the system
  • Capture data easily since AJRR works with numerous electronic medical record (EMR) vendors to streamline the data submission process
  • Work with dedicated and customer-focused AJRR staff members
  • Join the User Group Network and learn best practices from peers across the country

Value for Patients

  • Better hip and knee arthroplasty outcomes in the United States:
    • Implant survivorship curves and collection of patient risk factors will help to improve device development and orthopaedic interventions (expected in future)
    • A national Registry focused on capturing primary procedures and revisions conducted in the United States provides early detection capabilities for identifying poorly performing implants
  • More transparency. Aggregated data identifies outliers and risk-adjusts according to evidence-based practice
  • Public advocates. The AJRR Public Advisory Board helps ensure that the patient voice is always represented in Registry development
  • Patient privacy. AJRR will never reveal individual patient medical records, ensuring patient privacy at all times
  • Patient involvement in recovery process. By including patient-reported outcomes in the Registry, surgeons are able to monitor activities that improve patient care 

Value for Industry (Medical Device Manufacturers)

  • Access to your company’s raw data on medical devices quality and outcomes through Registry dashboard
  • AJRR can support and reduce pressures from governmental agencies by issuing independent responses to issues related to poor performance of devices
  • Lend support of mutual concerns and issues and help to advance advocacy agenda
  • Analysis and reports to help with surveillance

Additional Value:

  • Receive free Yearly Report of national and local data collection statistics
  • Enjoy peace of mind knowing that strict HIPAA and HITECH procedures are in place. AJRR takes data security seriously and employs additional steps to safeguard patient privacy and strengthen data security
  • Be confident about data integrity. AJRR performs a rigorous annual data audit process.
  • Stay up-to-date on federal legislative and regulatory developments that may impact how care is provided, covered, or reimbursed in orthopaedics. AJRR was the only orthopaedic arthroplasty registry designated as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by CMS in 2014, and received the QCDR designation again in 2015 and 2016
  • Receive relevant information on evidence-based care techniques, tools, and products used in hip and knee replacements
  • Work with leaders in the orthopaedic profession:
    • AJRR’s Board of Directors is comprised of leading orthopaedic surgeons, hospital representatives, device and payer executives, and public members
    • AJRR is a multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit organization, supported (financially and/or by volunteer leadership) by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, American Hospital Association, American’s Health Insurance Plans, Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), The Hip Society, and The Knee Society
    • Legal and business agreements were developed and executed by a preeminent health care attorney who specializes in registry development and deployment
    • AJRR collaborates with a consortium of orthopaedic registries to help develop and maintain a worldwide component reference data set of orthopaedic implant information that pools the collective experience and available data