AJRR Launches Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center 2016 Reporting

The National Registry Offers Platform with Enhanced Capabilities

Rosemont, Ill. – September 6, 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 once again offers an improved web portal that allows for eligible professionals (EPs) and institutions to participate in both the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Meaningful Use programs.

Through collaboration with CECity, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), and the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), the AJRR is able to deliver a comprehensive solution to several quality needs in the 2016 calendar year.

“Our web portal isn’t static,” said Daniel J. Berry, MD, chair of the AJRR Board of Directors. “Our collaboration with AOA and AAHKS this year adds extra measures, bringing our total to 38 PQRS and custom measures. We are excited to provide a more comprehensive platform that appeals to the specific needs of our participating surgeons.” 

AOA’s quality improvement program Own the Bone supports the expansion of the platform by including two additional PQRS post-fracture measures. The AAHKS partnership adds four additional custom measures documenting process and outcomes for hip arthroplasty patients.

“It’s important for our organization to adapt to the federal mandates affecting our participants, and the increased prominence of quality initiatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inspired the AJRR to develop a platform to address these programs,” continued Dr. Berry.

AJRR is able to help with PQRS and Meaningful Use requirements because of its status as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). A QCDR is a CMS-approved entity that collects medical and/or clinical data for the purpose of patient and disease tracking to foster improvement in the quality of care furnished to patients. CMS has designated AJRR as a QCDR each year since 2014; in its first year as a QCDR, AJRR was the only orthopaedic registry out of 36 to earn the designation.

The National Registry provides PQRS and Meaningful Use assistance in the form the AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center, which is made possible by partnering with CECity, a Premier Inc. Company, healthcare’s leading provider of cloud-based registry platforms for performance improvement, value-based payment, and professionalism. The Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center gives EPs a way to report their Medicare patients to CMS. At the same time, EPs receive timely, continuous performance monitors, targeted education, access to patient care management tools, registry benchmarks, performance gap analysis and patient outlier identification, and various resources used to close performance gaps.

“The AJRR sets out to improve orthopaedic care through data,” said Dr. Berry. “The incentives provided by quality initiatives don’t only save money for physicians and their institutions. By tracking quality measures and submitting data to a specialized Registry like AJRR, EPs are able to reap the benefits of being able to make informed decisions for their patients using AJRR metrics.”

To access the AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center, visit www.medconcert.com/AJRR.

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