National Registry and Surgery Centers Collaborate to Affirm Quality

AJRR and ASCA partner to validate the effectiveness of outpatient surgery centers

Rosemont, Ill. - March 7, 2017 - The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) and the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) announce they have entered into a collaborative relationship to encourage ASCA-member ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to register in the AJRR. Registry participation, and the data that will be complied, will be used to validate current efforts to reduce health care costs by moving total joint replacements to Medicare's ASC-payable list and expanding the number of private payers that will reimburse ASCs for these procedures.

"The data collected by the AJRR will be used by ASCA and our members to support efforts to educate government and commercial payors of the safety, efficiency, and good outcomes that result when ASCs perform these procedures, and will foster greater use of ASCs by patients," said William Prentice, CEO of ASCA.

With nearly a million procedures from 6,300+ surgeons now in the Registry, the AJRR is committed to representing ASCA's members. The AJRR mission is to collect 90% of all total joint arthroplasty (TJA) procedures to enable better surgeon, patient, and purchaser decision-making in the U.S., a goal that can only be achieved if all sites of service submit data.

"Significant information can be gleaned from the data of hip and knee replacement procedures, regardless of where the procedure was performed," said AJRR Board of Directors Chair Daniel J. Berry, MD. "The AJRR is beginning to collect revision rates and complications, and the goal is to eventually identify implant survivorship. We're glad to work with ASCA as they join us on our journey to improve the quality of orthopaedic care in the United States."

The collaboration between AJRR and ASCA will create transparency that will educate surgeons, surgery centers, insurers and, ultimately, patients. The rise in TJA surgeries performed at ASCs will be evaluated based on national benchmarks, cementing ambulatory surgery centers' place among other highly-regarded health care facilities. Also, the procedural data from ASCs will provide the Registry and its participating institutions with a comprehensive look at how to provide better care to patients across America.

For more information about the AJRR, visit us at Booth 133 at the ASCA Annual Meeting May 3-6 in Washington, D.C.