The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) recently received designation as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to report physician and patient observations and data. As a QCDR, the Registry could report hip and knee replacement outcomes to CMS. Beginning in 2015, physicians who send outcome data to an accredited QCDR will receive higher Medicare reimbursements.

“The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) fully supports the development and implementation of registry data collection as a great benefit for our patients,” stated Brian S. Parsley, MD, president of AAHKS. “The AJRR will provide a valuable resource to critically evaluate the outcomes of total joint replacements in the U.S. The knowledge gained through AJRR will help identify Orthopaedic Best Practices, best products and result in continuous improvements in patient care.” Full story.

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