Clinical Performance Measures

Orthopaedic surgeons are the most qualified professionals to develop and evaluate quality of care measures for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. It is crucial that orthopaedic surgeons retain a leadership position in defining quality of orthopaedic care. Through the Performance Measures Committee, AAOS is leading the development of orthopaedic quality measures.


Measures Stewarded by AAOS

PQRS Measure #109 - Osteoarthritis Function and Pain

In 2006, AAOS partnered with the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) to develop Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Measure #109 – Osteoarthritis: Function and Pain Assessment. The measure was developed for individual quality improvement. AAOS adopted and is currently stewarding PQRS Measure #109. PQRS #109 is known as a “cross-cutting measure” that can be used by a wide range of specialties.

To better understand PQRS Measure #109 please read the PQRS Measure #109 Measure Specifications


Measurement Sets in Progress

The Performance Measures Committee continues to work toward its primary objective to develop and implement high quality evidence based orthopaedic performance measures. The topics listed below indicate active measure development work groups. 

  1. Osteoarthritis Function and Pain Assessment 
  2. Management of Hip Fractures in the Elderly
  3. Management of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  4. Surgical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Knee (SMOAK) 

OPS Logo.pngMeasures Applicable to Orthopaedics 

The AAOS Performance Measures Committee (PMC) compiled the Orthopaedic Preferred Specialty Measure Set. This is a list of 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures that orthopaedic surgeons can use, but are not required to use, to comply with the current reporting requirements. The PQRS requirements allow physicians to report nine performance measures across three National Quality Strategy (NQS) Domains



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