AJRR was developed by leaders in the orthopaedic community – from renowned surgeons, to organizations involved in setting policy and manufacturers of implant components. AJRR’s Steering Committee is comprised of surgeons; medical device, payer, and hospital leaders; and patient/public representation.
In December 2015, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) designated us as their official Registry.
And, the hospitals, surgeons, and administrators who make up the AJRR community
Together, we are improving orthopaedic care through data!
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has announced collaboration with The Joint Commission to incorporate AAOS clinical expertise into standards development and performance measurement requirements for Total Hip and Knee Replacement (THKR) Certification. The Joint Commission established the voluntary advanced certification in 2016 for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.
Through the new collaboration, the AAOS and The Joint Commission will jointly oversee scientific issues, performance measurement, quality improvement activities, education, data sharing and research related to the certification—with continued commitment to constantly assessing and evaluating quality for the safety and benefit of orthopaedic patients. This includes, as of January 1, 2019, implementation of a new THKR certification requirement for hospitals and ASCs to participate in a national registry, like the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), to further help standardize care and quality improvement in hip and knee replacements. Effective July 1, 2019, the AJRR will become the sole pathway for meeting The Joint Commission’s THKR certification registry requirement.
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The 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.
“AJRR has taken on a monumental task, and I believe they even surprise themselves when it comes to how successful they have been. It speaks to a well-conceived plan that is being effectively executed.”
Judy Casper, Clinical Data/Research Coordinator, Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (MOSH)
“Monitoring and recording joint replacement outcomes has become essential to our internal quality improvement efforts and will soon become an expectation of the regulatory bodies, rating agencies, and payers. Our orthopaedic surgeons recognized this and encouraged us to join the AJRR, which turned out to be a surprisingly easy process. We look forward to using AJRR data to continually improve our internal processes and to demonstrate to outside agencies the quality of our joint replacement program.”
John Quinlivan, FACHE, President, Redmond Regional Health System;
Chief Executive Officer, Redmond Regional Medical Center
“The AJRR is an extremely valuable initiative for the American arthroplasty community in that, when fully functional and widely adopted, the data generated will provide timely information on national trends of implant specific utilization and outcome. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, we hope to use AJRR institution-specific data, along with other in-house and national databanks, to benchmark our performance against national trends. Such data provides us the opportunity to increasingly crystallize our own quality initiatives. Furthermore, it is our hope that data generated from a fully functional national database may better inform health policy makers as we navigate the difficult waters of value-based decision making in arthroplasty care.”
David W. Manning, MD, Director of Arthroplasty Service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, Ill.
“We joined the AJRR at the request of one of our physicians. He took the time to explain the potential benefit to our patients. Once we understood the value, we didn't hesitate. The process was very straight forward as far as understanding the AJRR requirements. The vast majority of the required fields are easily exported from our EMR, so the ongoing effort will be simple to maintain.”
R. Craig Lindsey, RN, MBA, MHA, CENP, Vice President of Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer Park Ridge Health
“By being a pilot facility for Level II and Level III data submission, I have had the ability to see firsthand the benefits of the Registry. The Registry not only provides a database for implant tracking, but will have the ability for facilities to collect quality measures throughout the continuum for benchmarking.”
Cheryl Talamo, Director of the Orthopaedic Institute
“AJRR has provided the orthopaedic community with a versatile and invaluable tool. With the option to enter data electronically, manually, or a combination of both, it is well suited for use with electronic health record systems of varying capability.”
Gwen Gratto-Cox, Clinical Research Coordinator
Southeast Georgia Health System
“AJRR’s data has been invaluable in our pursuit to better care for our joint replacement patients.”
Amanda James, CEO
Swedish Covenant Hospital
“The current medical environment in conjunction with the large increase in total joint arthroplasty in this country necessitates a national joint registry, and we are proud to have become a member of the AJRR.”
“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 hip and knee replacement procedures, and will foster greater use of ASCs by patients.”