January 2019

American Joint Replacement Registry Releases 2018 Annual Report

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the cornerstone of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Registry Program, released its 2018 Annual Report on hip and knee arthroplasty patient outcomes. The report includes findings from 1,186,955 cumulative procedures performed between 2012 and 2017, and it provides updates on key initiatives delivered to registry stakeholders:

  1. Increased access to Medicare claims data to improve data reporting and longitudinal analysis capabilities;
  2. Developed the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries’ (ISAR) International Prostheses Library to serve as a source of medical device information and safety alerts for industry partners and ISAR member organizations worldwide;
  3. More robust data capture specifications that enable AJRR subscribers to conduct risk-adjusted case analysis and participate in pay-for-performance programs through an enhanced RegistryInsights™ dashboard; and,
  4. An increase in published, peer-reviewed research that demonstrates the value of registry data and its analysis.

More robust data capture specifications enhance the quality and types of data included in the AJRR, including surgical approach, procedure duration, use of computer navigation and robotic-assisted surgery, and length of hospital stay. Enhanced data specifications also enable the registry to track surgical complications, as well as risk-adjust data for reporting purposes going forward, to include patient comorbidities, body mass index, American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status classification, and discharge disposition.

To access the report, visit ajrr.net/publications-data.

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