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Published 2/1/2015

AJRR Launches Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center Web Portal

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the nation’s largest orthopaedic registry, has launched a web portal that enables participating surgeons to report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program.

AJRR is one of 41 organizations in the United States designated as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by CMS to provide expanded, comprehensive medical procedure outcome information, including patient safety data. PQRS requirements can be completed based on satisfactory participation with AJRR. The website can be accessed at www.medconcert.com/ajrr

“We knew that collaborating with CMS would be important to our success when we started building our hip and knee registry,” said Daniel J. Berry, MD, chair of the AJRR board of directors. “The designation enables physicians who send outcome data to the AJRR to seek incentive payments and potentially avoid penalties from CMS. We’re excited about providing this resource to orthopaedic surgeons who participate in our registry.”

As a QCDR, AJRR can now provide a new way for eligible professionals (EPs) to satisfy PQRS requirements. AJRR partnered with CECity—a leading provider of cloud-based registry platforms for performance improvement, value-based payment, and professionalism—to create a custom PQRS reporting platform specifically for AJRR participants to submit data to CMS. This platform ensures that all participating EPs meet all requirements before submitting their PQRS reports to CMS for payment.

Participating in PQRS reporting through the AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center provides the following benefits:

  • timely, continuous performance monitoring
  • performance gap analysis and patient outlier identification
  • access to patient care management tools, targeted education, and various resources used to close performance gaps
  • registry benchmarks

Satisfactory participation may also earn EPs the 2014 PQRS incentive and enable them to possibly avoid the 2016 PQRS payment adjustment.

“We’ve seen a lot of growth during the past 12 months, and this quality initiative adds even more value to participating in the AJRR,” noted Dr. Berry. “Enhancing patient safety and improving quality of care is part of the AJRR mission and we look forward to more surgeons using the new PQRS web portal.”

Learn more in Las Vegas
The AJRR will be hosting an information session during the 2015 AAOS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Join Daniel J. Berry, MD, chair of the AJRR board of directors, and others on Wednesday, March 25, 10:30 a.m. in Room 4301 at the Sands Expo Center, to learn about the progress made, collaborative efforts, and future directions. After the overview, AJRR will host a one-hour user-group meeting for current participants and those interested in receiving more details on registry participation.

For more information, visit AJRR