Published 11/2/2020

AAOE and the AAOS Registry Program Announce a Collaboration to Assist the Orthopaedic Profession with Enhanced Data Collection for Improved Patient Care

ROSEMONT, Ill. (November 2, 2020)—The American Association of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have come together with AAOE Empower and the AAOS Registry Program to benefit orthopaedic surgeons and practicing sites. The collaboration will allow AAOE to support orthopaedic practice executives with submitting their data to AAOS Registries in a streamlined fashion to reuse their AAOE Empower data.

“The collaboration between AAOE Empower and the AAOS Registry Program greatly enhances the data collection, reporting, and benchmarking capabilities available to orthopaedic surgeons and practice executives and supports the growth and success of orthopaedic practices in the current health care environment,” says Sam Santschi, J.D., CMPE, President of AAOE 2020-2021 Board of Directors and Practice Administrator at Diana L. Kruse, M.D. “I am thrilled to announce this collaboration and look forward to the new insights and education that will be generated as a result.”

AAOE Empower includes a powerful survey platform that allows orthopaedic practices and providers to capture patient-reported outcome and satisfaction data via email or text message and use benchmarking data and reports for quality improvement and strategic decision making. AAOE Empower features connections with electronic health records, practice management systems, and survey vendors to provide an efficient data collection experience. Results from the annual AAOE Benchmarking Survey, which collects data on the business side of orthopaedics, are also housed in the AAOE Empower platform. The integration of operational data and patient-centered metrics allows for advanced insights not available in other systems.

The mission of the AAOS Registry Program is to improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of actionable data. It seeks to encompass all the musculoskeletal and anatomical areas for orthopaedics through comprehensive data and technology resulting in optimal patient outcomes. The AAOS Registry program include the American Joint Replacement Registry, the Shoulder & Elbow Registry, the Musculoskeletal Tumor Registry, the American Spine Registry, a collaboration with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons  and AAOS, and the recently announced Fracture & Trauma Registry. The AAOS registries and the collaborative ASR are part of a CMS-approved Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDR) and provide flexible data collection options to help orthopaedic providers meet their reporting requirements for a variety of programs such as the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Quality Payment Program (QPP) and Promoting Interoperability (PI). By having AAOE support its Empower users, taking advantage of AAOS Registry Program benefits is easier than ever.

"We are excited to be collaborating with AAOE and supporting orthopaedic practices to maximize the insights they receive from their data,” says AAOS President, Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS. “Surgeons and their administrators will be able to harness the power of the procedural and quality data collected by the AAOS Registry Program with the patient satisfaction, outcome, and operational data available in AAOE Empower. Additionally, AAOE Empower will support submissions for its users to AAOS, so that sites can use this data to improve the quality of patient care and qualify for national reporting programs.”

To learn more about AAOE Empower, contact AAOE staff via email at or 800-247-9699.

To enroll in the AAOS Registry Program, contact AAOS Registry Engagement via email at, phone 847-292-0530, or visit

More information can be found here.

About AAOE and AAOE Empower
The American Association of Orthopaedic Executives was founded in 1969 and is the premier practice management association serving the musculoskeletal industry. AAOE provides orthopaedic practice executives with essential connections, first-class education, and cutting-edge solutions. Membership includes more than 1,500 orthopaedic practice executives, administrators, physicians, and their staff. AAOE provides education, community, and resources to set the standard of professional knowledge and industry insight. AAOE Empower was launched in 2018 to provide a single source of orthopaedic data and allow orthopaedic practices to use insights gained from operational, satisfaction, and outcome data for improvement, growth, and improved patient care. Follow AAOE on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

AAOS Registry Program
The AAOS Registry Program’s mission is to improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of actionable data. The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the Academy’s hip and knee replacement registry, is the cornerstone of the AAOS’s Registry Program, and the world’s largest national registry of hip and knee joint replacement data by annual procedural count, with more than 2.1 million procedures contained within its database. Additional registries include the Shoulder & Elbow Registry (SER), the Musculoskeletal Tumor Registry (MsTR), and the American Spine Registry (ASR), a collaborative effort between the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the AAOS. The Fracture & Trauma Registry (FTR) will open to full enrollment in spring 2021.

About the AAOS

With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS is the trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal health. It provides the highest quality, most comprehensive education to help orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals at every career level best treat patients in their daily practices. The AAOS is the source for information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related musculoskeletal health care issues, and it leads the health care discussion on advancing quality. Follow the AAOS on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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