The AJRR, AOA, and AAHKS Announce Collaboration to Advance Quality Reporting Efforts through the AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center
Rosemont, Ill. – April 21, 2016 – The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) announce the formation of a new collaboration to align their quality initiatives and reporting through the AJRR’s Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center. The AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center was once 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.
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 AJRR, which aims to measure, report, and improve patient outcomes in joint replacement, became the first orthopaedic registry to earn the QCDR designation from CMS when this PQRS reporting mechanism was introduced in 2014. AJRR partnered with CECity, a leading provider of cloud-based registry platforms for performance improvement, value-based payment, and professionalism, to create a custom PQRS reporting platform, specifically for its participants to submit data to CMS. Named the Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center, this platform now allows the AJRR to offer the QCDR reporting mechanism to EPs. The platform ensures EPs meet all requirements before submitting their PQRS reports.
“We have long been aware of the importance of collaboration with CMS in building upon our success as a hip and knee registry, and are delighted that our QCDR is being supported by other like-minded orthopaedic societies actively promoting quality reporting” said Daniel J. Berry, MD, chair of the AJRR board of directors. “We are very pleased to provide a resource for orthopaedic surgeons to send data to our approved qualified clinical data registry in order to seek CMS incentive payments and try to avoid penalties. ”
The AOA is in its sixth year of offering the Own the Bone® quality improvement program to better identify, evaluate, and treat patients that suffer from an osteoporosis- or low bone density-related fracture. Through the Own the Bone program and its national web-based quality improvement registry, participating sites are provided with the tools to establish a fracture liaison service (FLS) and to document, track, and benchmark the osteoporosis care of fragility fracture patients. 200 hospitals, physician practice groups, and health plans in 48 states have joined the program. “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, MD, 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, MD, President.