What You Missed at the March In-person Unet Meeting
Many participating surgeons and hospital staff members attend the AAOS Annual Meeting each year, making it the ideal location for the annual AJRR In-person User Group Network (Unet) Meeting.
The AJRR In-person Unet Meeting was held on March 7, 2018 in New Orleans, LA. Nearly 70 registry users attended both via webinar and in person.
AJRR Senior Registry Analyst September Cahue discussed the Registry’s recent data and technology updates, including the upcoming data specifications updates and the distribution of the AJRR Quality Reports and Yearly Reports. The updated data specs with a full range of Level II data will be released in Q2. Participants were initially required to switch over to the new specs by January 1, 2018, but the AJRR decided to extend the deadline and improve their clarity after receiving user feedback.
AJRR Steering Committee Chair Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, presented about the AJRR’s integration with AAOS, the formation of the AAOS’ registries portfolio, and highlighted a few strategic goals for the Registry. These goals include:
- Access to Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) claims data for risk adjustment
- Entering collaborative agreements with other payers
- Expanding outcomes reporting and collecting more Level II comorbidities and complications and Level III patient-reported outcome (PRO) data
- Working with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) to get Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit for AJRR participants
- Exploring legislative opportunities to encourage registry participation without added provider burden
Dr. Bozic asked the audience for examples of challenges they had with the new data specs so that he could get a better idea of the user experience, and then gave the floor to Kevin Fleming, VP, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, Clinical Program Services, Providence St. Joseph Health, and Dr. Duwelius, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Providence St. Joseph Health. Mr. Fleming and Dr. Duwelius presented a case study on how and why they use the AJRR RegistryInsights™ platform. Providence St. Joseph Health has more than 45 hospitals across six states with varying sizes of orthopaedic programs. They began an internal registry for all their data a few years ago, but it became more complex over time and the effort required for technical maintenance became too much to handle. There were also privacy and firewall issues. The health system then saw how AJRR improved their RegistryInsights platform, and it was clear that an AJRR subscription would be a great resource. Their surgeons are excited about the new possibilities with national benchmarking.
AJRR Director of Marketing and Communications Lori Boukas then hosted a question and answer session for the attendees and mentioned the upcoming Unet conference call dates. Representatives from Epic closed the meeting by answering questions from AJRR participants that used their electronic health record (EHR) system.