AAOS Hosts Orthopaedic Quality Institute

Each year, the AAOS hosts the Orthopaedic Quality Institute (OQI) in Washington, D.C. The OQI brings together members of the orthopaedic community and other stakeholders—including payers, purchasers, healthcare policymakers, industry representatives, and patient advocacy groups—to discuss strategies for improving quality and measuring outcomes in musculoskeletal care.

Increasingly, both the way and the environment in which physicians deliver and get paid for healthcare services are changing. At the federal government level, debates over healthcare costs and quality are constant. Policymakers and other stakeholders are continually seeking to define appropriate methodologies to accurately measure quality. For example, the latest efforts to introduce legislation that would repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) included language to reward use of alternative payment models and encourage adherence to appropriate use criteria.

The 2014 OQI (Nov. 20–21) focused on “Tools for Improving Quality and Measuring Performance” and was chaired by Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, and Thomas C. Barber, MD. Among the goals of the 2014 OQI were developing recommendations to guide the AAOS outcomes measurement strategy and strengthening external partnerships with data collection and reporting agencies.

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