From September 4, 2012 to October 3, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct a “dry run” of the following new hospital-level performance measures for elective total hip (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA):
Because these measures are hospital-based, data will be shared with hospitals, not orthopaedic surgeons. AAOS members interested in these performance measurement data will need to seek them out from their hospitals.
Why should you care?
Beginning in 2013, these measures will be publicly reported on the hospital compare.gov website as part of the CMS Hospital Quality Reporting Program. All hospitals in which total joint arthroplasty is performed will be affected by these measures. The results of this test, or “dry run,” will be shared confidentially with hospitals, but not made available to the public. The formal roll out of the program will take place in January 2013.