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AAOS, The Joint Commission Collaborate to Improve Hip and Knee Replacements Through Participation in Registries

On September 26, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and The Joint Commission (TJC) announced a collaborative effort to incorporate AAOS clinical expertise into standards development and performance measurement requirements for Total Hip and Knee Replacement (THKR) Certification. The Joint Commission established this voluntary advanced certification in 2016 for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) interested in elevating the quality, consistency, and safety of their services and patient care.

Through this new collaborative partnership, which begins January 1, 2019, a new THKR certification requirement will be implemented requiring interested hospitals and ASCs to participate in a national registry, like AAOS’ American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). This new registry participation requirement will afford hospitals and ASCs the opportunity to improve patient outcomes, establish a consistent approach to care, reduce variation and risk of error, support collaboration across the continuum of care, and exemplify their commitment to a high standard of clinical service through the continuous feedback loop and analysis provided by registries, like AJRR.

One example of the success of instituting these types of requirements was recently published in AJRRs blog. MountainView Regional Medical Center (MVRM), located in Las Cruces, NM, has used AJRR to achieve and maintain the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal certification. Edward Sweetser, MD, of MountainView Regional Medical Center said, “Our entry into AJRR has greatly enhanced our data collection, measurement, and analytical capabilities regarding various Joint Commission certification requirements”. By providing benchmarking and monitoring outcomes of arthroplasty, AJRR can provide some of the most accurate and complete pictures of these clinical procedures, and advance patient safety and quality of care in many institutions.”

AAOS is deeply committed to enhancing the registry infrastructure in the United States for musculoskeletal care. The partnership with the Joint Commission is one step in this direction, and a recognition by institutional partners that registries play a meaningful role in enhancing clinical care in the United States. Stay tuned as AAOS continues to advocate for an enhanced registry environment.

The full AAOS press release announcing the partnership can be found here.

More information on the AJJR can be found here.