Since The Joint Commission and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) announced their Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement (THKR) collaboration in September, The Joint Commission has announced it will implement a new requirement for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). The new requirement appears in the program-specific eligibility criteria, as well as Performance Measurement (DSPM) Standard DSPM.4, Element of Performance (EP) 2b in the Comprehensive Certification Manual for Disease-Specific Care. This blog addresses an update to The Joint Commission requirements.
Upon publication of the new requirement, hospitals and ASCs began asking which registries would be sufficient to fulfill it. Based on questions from organizations about registries that meet the new THKR certification requirements, The Joint Commission researched registry options and convened discussions with the AAOS and other stakeholders.
Based on information collected, The Joint Commission has revised the program-specific requirement and DSPM.4, EP 2b to require that THKR-certified organizations participate in the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). This requirement revision is designed to improve the safety and quality of services for patients electing to undergo total joint arthroplasty by selecting a robust and well established national registry to provide benchmarked performance data that can drive care processes improvements.