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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

‘Performance Measures’

CMS to Award $100 Million to Small Practices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program for clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer. CMS intends to invest up to an additional $80 million over… Read More

What are Your Options for QPP this Year?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP) began on January 1, 2017. You should submit at least one measure between now and October 2, 2017 to ensure you do not incur a payment penalty; however, you get to pick your pace for the QPP. If you’re ready, you can begin anytime between January… Read More

New Hip Measures Approved

AAHKS has finalized the Primary Hip Arthroplasty Performance Measurement Set and published the set and the complete document created by the Hip Arthroplasty Work Group on the AAHKS website. The measures evaluate outcomes and appropriate preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care which are critical to improving patient function and quality of life. View the measures.

AJRR Debuts Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center QCDR

AAHKS is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), our official registry, to align quality initiatives and reporting through the AJRR’s Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center in 2016. The AJRR Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)… Read More

AAHKS, Hip and Knee Societies Comment on Performance Measures

Last month we asked members to submit comments on The Joint Commission’s (TJC) new Advanced Certification program for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacements. The Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) for this project included several AAHKS leaders and members. The TAP identified six draft performance measures for process improvement, outcomes including patient-reported outcomes in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers… Read More

Joint Commission Seeks Public Comment for Hip/Knee Measures

In early 2016, The Joint Commission (TJC) will launch a new Advanced Certification program for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacements. TJC is currently finalizing the standardized performance measures for this program. The Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) for this project included several AAHKS leaders and members. The TAP identified performance measures for process improvement, outcomes including patient-reported outcomes… Read More

Vendor Data Errors Discovered in PQRS

The AMA reported that The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) discovered errors in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) data submitted by vendors on behalf of physicians and group practices that reported via electronic health records (EHR) and qualified clinical data registries (QCDR). Physicians who participated and reported in 2014 PQRS through claims and clinical… Read More

AAOS President Comments on Surgeon Complications Database

The non-profit news outlet, ProPublica, published a database of “Adjusted Complication Rates” of surgeons performing common surgeries. The data was derived from Medicare claims data and can be searched online. In a statement released by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, President David D. Teuscher, MD said, “We also welcome transparency, and certainly a database on the surgical… Read More

Payment Model for Hip and Knee Replacements Proposed

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed an extensive “pilot” of a new Medicare Part A and B payment model, “Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) Model” under which acute care hospitals in geographic areas covering about 25% of patients will receive retrospective bundled payments for episodes of care for hip and knee replacement surgery. The… Read More

AJRR Offers PQRS 101 Webinar

On Tuesday, July 28, from Noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT, AJRR will partner with CECity to host a webinar on the new qualified clinical data registry reporting method for PQRS. The webinar will review the difference between a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) and a Qualified Registry (QR) and how to use a QCDR to receive a 2015… Read More