AAOS Registry Program Blog

Data Supplements Offer the Latest on AAOS Registries

May 20, 2020 2:30:00 PM

This article was originally published in the May 2020 issue of AAOS Now, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) monthly news magazine. 

When the question is, “What’s new with the AAOS Registry Program?” a safe answer is always, “Plenty!”

The AAOS Family of Registries is an ever-growing clan, both in numbers of anatomically categorized programs and in the volume and quality of data that continue to pour into these valuable clinical data repositories for orthopaedic procedures. Also growing are the ways the data can be used to improve the quality and value of care.

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Topics: Registry Findings

9 Reverse Shoulder Replacement Post-Surgery Suggestions from Someone Who's Been There

May 13, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Guest Blogger: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program Committee Member Richard Seiden

Richard Seiden is the AAOS Registry Program Public Advisory Board (PAB) Chair and the PAB Representative on the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) and Shoulder & Elbow Registry (SER) Steering Committees. In this blog, he shares his personal experience as a joint replacement surgery patient (he’s had hip replacements, knee replacements, and shoulder replacements). Mr. Seiden offers reverse shoulder arthroplasty patients helpful advice to better prepare for dealing with post-surgery needs. He indicated that he hopes sharing his experience will be helpful to other patients, but his advice is not a substitute for consulting with your physician.

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Topics: Patient Education

American Spine Registry Goes Live

Mar 26, 2020 12:00:00 PM

This article was originally published in the January 2020 issue of AAOS Now, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) monthly news magazine. The article has been updated to reflect current events. 

The American Spine Registry (ASR), a partnership between the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Academy, represents a collaboration to enhance and improve the quality of spine care by providing all North American spine surgeons with access to a shared data-collection program.

The partnership leverages the data-science capabilities of AANS and its longstanding Quality Outcomes Database (QOD) with the operational expertise of the AAOS Registry Program.

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Topics: Spine

Musculoskeletal Tumor Registry Trial is a Success

Mar 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM

This article was originally published in the January 2020 issue of AAOS Now, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) monthly news magazine. The article has been updated to reflect current events. 

The new registry for orthopaedic oncology data has moved toward the full implementation stage, following a successful year-long trial of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Registry (MsTR), which has wrapped up.

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Topics: Musculoskeletal Tumor

See You at the 2019 AAHKS Annual Meeting!

Oct 31, 2019 10:19:28 AM

Pick Up Your Copy of the New AJRR Annual Report on November 8th

The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) 2019 Annual Meeting is offering an outstanding educational program. Qualified attendees can earn a maximum of 18 AMA PRA category 1 Credits. The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the official registry of AAHKS, is looking forward to seeing you in Dallas, Texas on November 7-10, 2019. 

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Topics: Annual Meetings

WellStar Health System Restructures Its Public Reporting Department

Oct 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM

This article was originally published in the October 2019 issue of AAOS Now, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) monthly news magazine and reported by AAOS Content Writer Karen Metropulos, MBA. 

WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, comprised of 11 hospitals and 225 medical office locations, is focused on improving quality and access to health care. It operates outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, and a home care agency.

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Topics: Case Studies

Registry Data Reuse Opportunities You Need to Know

Sep 19, 2019 9:30:59 AM

Did you know? Participation in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program offers a wide variety of data reuse opportunities including requirements for quality certification programs, federal quality initiatives, insurer's distinction programs, and state collaboratives. As a participating site, unlock all the benefits of your registry data by reviewing more than a dozen data application opportunities below.

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Topics: Quality Initiatives

AAOS Registry Program Announces Top 5 Blogs

Aug 21, 2019 3:04:27 PM

Catch up on Our Most Popular Content During the Past 12 Months!

Every rolling twelve-month period, in this case June 2018 – June 2019, the AAOS Registry Program Blog analyzes reader response and identifies our most engaging content. The selection criteria include number of views, submitted comments, and reader follow-up requests.  

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our readers for their participation, contributions, and feedback. Approximately 5,000 health care professionals receive this blog, many through a free email subscription. Others access it though our website, via a keyword search on the Internet, or on Twitter. Our audience consists of Registry Program participants/subscribers, other Registry stakeholders, and institutions that have indicated an interest in joining the AAOS Registry Program. 

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Topics: Registry Program Blog

My Own Joint Replacement Was a Reality Check!

Aug 14, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Undergoing the Same Surgery He Performs Informed a Joint Surgeon's Practice

This blog concludes a two-part interview series on the personal experience of Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, who underwent total knee arthroplasty. Both interviews originally appeared in AAOS Now (July and August 2019 issues, respectively) and were conducted by Meredith L. Grogan Moore, BS. The first blog posted on July 24 and the final blog is below.

The first installment in this series charted the story of how renowned joint replacement surgeon Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, discovered his own need for total knee arthroplasty, his reaction to the news, and his input on his treatment course. In part two, Dr. Bozic discusses the recovery process, the impact of the experience on the care of his own patients, the relevance of patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs), and what other providers can glean from this insider experience.

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Topics: Patient-Reported Outcomes, Patient Education

New AJRR Patient-Facing Interim Report Available!

Jul 31, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Use This Resource (and Others) to Inform Your Orthopaedic Patients

Creating an informed patient requires reliable, unbiased, and user-friendly joint and bone health resources throughout the patient engagement process. One of the newest American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) patient offerings is the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) Patient-Facing Interim Report. It joins an array of other AAOS patient education resources including the popular OrthoInfo website (over 3 million visits monthly) and the AAOS Registry Program Blog featuring orthopaedic patient stories from guest bloggers. Each of these offerings add a unique perspective to maintaining bone health, treatment options, and expected outcomes. All three resources (plus more) are detailed below and available to your patients.

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Topics: Patient Education

A Message for Our Readers

This blog was created by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program as part of our commitment to improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of actionable data. Our purpose is to communicate with others in the orthopaedic field who share the same commitment. Watch for news alerts, quick tips, actionable checklists, best practices, and research findings posted to this blog. Whether you are a participating site in one or more AAOS Registry or thinking about joining the Registry Program, this blog will provide current and ongoing Registry updates and decision support.

The more interactive you are, the greater the value shared. Visit us at www.aaos.org/registries or speak with a Registry Engagement Associate at 847-292-0530.


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