What Is AAOS Doing About Performance Measures?

Joseph P. DeAngelis, MD, and William Timothy Brox, MD

One of the cornerstones of current healthcare reform efforts is the attempt to measure the impact of implementing evidence-based guidelines in clinical practice. As the nation moves toward value-based healthcare delivery, these “performance measures” may provide the link that makes compensation proportional to performance.

As physicians, we realize that neither regulators nor legislators should define these measures. Orthopaedic surgeons are the most qualified professionals to develop and evaluate quality of care measures for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and taking steps to own this process is imperative for our profession.

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