The Alliance Cooperative (Midwest States)

Registry Participation Helps with Quality Designation for the Midwest

AJRR promotes quality through The Alliance cooperative, a Midwest Quality Designation program. AJRR is part of a list of criteria its QualityPath designation. To receive this esteemed designation for knee and total hip replacement from The Alliance, hospitals and surgeons are required to be AJRR participants.

The Alliance is a not-for-profit cooperative that exists to help their members manage their health care dollars while positively impacting their employees' health. They contract with several hospitals, professional service providers, and insurance trusts in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. The Alliance has a program called QualityPath which covers 100% of medical costs for patients for certain procedures, including knee and total hip replacements. These patients are directed specifically to QualityPath-designated hospitals and surgeons who are known for quality care.

“AJRR appreciates The Alliance recognizing our dedication towards improving patient care,” said AJRR Chair Daniel J. Berry, MD. “Programs like QualityPath are essential to driving the field of orthopaedics forward. As more hospitals and surgeons are drawn to Registry participation, our dataset will become more comprehensive and actionable, therefore providing a more accurate representation of joint arthroplasty in America.”

Signed participation agreements are not the only documentation needed for the designation. Hospitals and surgeons must provide a high-level plan to submit data to the Registry. Institutions also need to give Registry implementation updates to the Alliance in order to maintain their QualityPath designation.

“We welcome the participation of all Midwestern hospitals that can meet our basic data submission requirements,” continued Dr. Berry. “The data contained inside our Registry helps surgeons determine appropriate methods of care. Our mutual goal of providing improved surgical outcomes makes us an excellent fit for the QualityPath program. The AJRR looks forward to continuing to work with health care professionals and institutions to help them acquire quality designations and deliver superior care.”

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