AAOS Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center Designated as QCDR for 2018 by CMS
Published in February 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has designated the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center as a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) for 2018. The QCDR can help surgeons with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
The AAOS Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center is a collaboration between AJRR, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), and the American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Own the Bone program. Premier Inc. developed the QCDR’s platform.
The AAOS inherited the Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center in 2017 following its integration with AJRR. It has been designated by CMS each year since 2014. In 2018, the AAOS QCDR will have 38 measures, including the AAOS’ 2017 Orthopaedic Preferred Specialty (OPS) List and three AAHKS-sponsored hip and knee measures. AAOS has not provided measures to the Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center until now.
The QCDR can submit data to CMS for eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices across all orthopaedic specialties. This is especially important for surgeons that are eligible to meet MIPS, a track of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Most surgeons must participate in MIPS or they will face a negative reimbursement. However, high performers can earn positive payment adjustments.
If you would like more information about the AAOS Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center, you can read the press release here.