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Published 6/1/2016

AJRR, AOA, and AAHKS Announce New Collaboration

Organizations to align their quality initiatives and reporting The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) recently announced the formation of a new collaboration to align their quality initiatives and reporting through the AJRR's Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center, approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR).

Under this new collaboration, the three organizations will cooperate in offering the AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center for eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices interested in submitting Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures.

The new collaboration with the AOA and AAHKS will result in additional measures to be included in the AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Center platform in 2016. The AOA will support expansion of the AJRR QCDR to carry two additional postfracture PQRS measures. These process measures will cater to users of the AOA's Own the BoneĀ® quality improvement program who wish to report on the osteoporosis management of their fragility fracture patients. In addition, the AAHKS collaboration with the AJRR QCDR in 2016 will add four additional custom measures documenting process and outcomes for hip arthroplasty patients. With these additions, the AJRR QCDR approved for 2016 includes a total of 38 PQRS and custom measures.

"We have long been aware of the importance of collaboration with CMS in building upon our success as a hip and knee registry and are delighted that our QCDR is being supported by other like-minded orthopaedic societies actively promoting quality reporting," said Daniel J. Berry, MD, chair of the AJRR board of directors. "We are very pleased to provide a resource for orthopaedic surgeons to send data to our approved qualified clinical data registry in order to seek CMS incentive payments and try to avoid penalties."