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January 25, 2013

Hospital Participation Tops 100 and Counting in American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR)

Nationwide registry data will improve quality, outcomes and cost-effectiveness of total joint replacement surgeries
 

Rosemont, Ill. - The American Joint Replacement Registry(AJRR), whose mission is to optimize patient outcomes through the national collection of data on all primary and revision total joint replacement procedures in the United States, now has data on more than 34,000 total joint procedures and 119 hospitals enrolled nationwide. 
 
With an estimated 90 percent capture rate, the AJRR will provide more comprehensive orthopaedic knowledge and have the potential to identify problems before they are discovered by public health agencies. 
 
“Orthopaedic surgeons need a continuous feedback process to understand what’s working best with respect to our total joint replacement patients,” said AJRR Chairman William J. Maloney, MD.  “With the development and expansion of the AJRR, the entire orthopaedic community will benefit from the quality improvement information being disseminated.  We have seen tremendous growth in the past year.  We expect even greater hospital participation in 2013 and look forward to producing our first annual report this fall.”
 
Joint replacement by the numbers
  • More than 750,000 hip and knee replacements are performed in the United States each year, and up to 12 percent of these procedures may face a future revision. 
     
  • Joint registries have demonstrated up to a 50 percent reduction in revision rates after registry initiation and identification of best practices.  
     
  • If the U.S. revision rate were cut by just 2 percent, Medicare could realize a savings of more than $65 million. 
 
The AJRR data collection includes all patient types and provides a wide range of actionable information and reporting that helps improve patient care.  Hospitals that are interested in participating in the AJRR should call 847-292-0530 or email info@ajrr.net
 
For more about the AJRR or to see a full list of participating hospitals, visit www.ajrr.net
Contact(s):
Caryn Etkin  etkin@ajrr.net              847-292-0530
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