Orthopaedic Registry Reaches One Millionth Procedure Milestone

AJRR's data collection helps providers improve patient care

Rosemont, Ill. - March 14, 2017 - The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the National Registry for the collection of hip and knee replacement data, has reached the one millionth hip and knee procedure milestone. This increased volume of data will lead to a more comprehensive look at joint replacement surgeries in America, and will aid hospital staff and patients in making better health care decisions.

"This momentous achievement would not have been possible without the help of all our participating hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and private practice groups," said AJRR Board of Directors Chair Daniel J. Berry, MD. "Our participants are very dedicated to improving orthopaedic care, and their high quality data has really made the Registry a valuable resource."

The AJRR currently has almost 1,000 participating institutions and more than 6,300 participating surgeons. Subscribing institutions are able to utlilize dashboards that give them access to national benchmarks and methods to compare performance on a hospital and health system level.

AJRR's platform has also gone through several recent upgrades, and Level II patient risk factors, comorbidities, and complications data can now be submitted along with procedural and patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) data elements. Registry participation can help meet many quality initiatives and insurance distinction programs, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. AJRR is very close to having sufficient longitudinal data to conduct survivorship analysis and provide risk adjusted outcome information.

"As the AJRR continues to expand, so will our capabilities as an organization," said Dr. Berry. "The fact that we can now collect all three levels of data elements will create data analysis opportunities that weren't possible before. We began as an organization in 2009, but didn't start collecting data until 2013. In just four years we've been able to collect one million procedures. Although this is very impressive, it is just a milestone, and AJRR will keep progressing to further advance orthopaedic care."