AJRR Reaches a Half Million Procedures
The National Registry continues to grow to help physicians improve patient outcomes
Rosemont, Ill. – August 24, 2016 – The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), a multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit organization that optimizes patient outcomes through the collection of data on primary and revision hip and knee replacement procedures throughout the US now houses over 500,000 procedures within its system. This milestone brings the AJRR closer to its goal of collecting 90% of all hip and knee replacement procedures performed in America.
The AJRR has more than 790 participating hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and private practice groups in all 50 states. Data from nearly 5,500 surgeons populate the Registry system. AJRR increases at a rate of about 4,000 procedures per week, providing comprehensive data to help improve orthopaedic care.
“AJRR has come a long way since I first became involved with the organization,” said AJRR Medical Director David G. Lewallen, MD. “We started out with 15 pilot hospitals in 2010. In just six years, we’ve increased our participants by more than 50 times. I believe that the growth is largely due to hospitals and other institutions seeking to improve their quality of care, and Registries are an excellent way to achieve that.”
The National Registry for hip and knee replacements offers assistance with several federal quality initiatives, insurer’s distinction programs, and state collaboratives. These programs provide reimbursements and other incentives for displaying improvement in the quality of patient care, prompting medical institutions to use clinical data registries like AJRR to compare outcomes success.
“As much as collecting half a million hip and knee replacement procedures is a great accomplishment for AJRR as an organization, the real benefit goes to patients and the surgeons taking care of them,” said AJRR Board of Directors Chair Daniel J. Berry, MD. “By collecting and reporting data, the AJRR provides actionable information to guide physicians and patient decision-making to improve care. As our Registry increases in procedural volume, so does our ability to help make a difference in the orthopaedic community. About a million hip and knee replacement procedures are performed in the United States; although we have had tremendous growth, we still have a long way to go.”
To view more of AJRR’s milestones, visit www.ajrr.net.