March 2016

Medicare adopts HSS joint surveys

Investigators from the Manhattan, NY-based Hospital for Special Surgery on February 29 epublished data in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research validating two new shortened questionnaires that will reduce time spent collecting patient-reported outcome data for hip and knee replacement surgeries.

Beginning in April, Medicare will incentivize hospitals participating in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, an initiative supporting higher-quality care for hip and knee replacement patients, to voluntarily submit patient-reported outcome data. Consumers will be able to access survey results on, the first time treatment-specific, patient-reported outcomes data will be publicly available.

The Hip disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (HOOS) JR—a six-question hip survey—and the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) JR—a seven-question knee survey—are abbreviated versions of the existing HOOS and KOOS surveys. In addition to saving patient and practitioner time, HSS investigators designed the new questionnaires to help orthopedic surgeons better identify optimal surgery candidates, improve rehab services, and more effectively evaluate implant devices.

The surveys are available at

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