August is National Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Month and the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) has invited Alex Taira, Policy Analyst, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), to contribute a guest blog on the evolution and diversity of today’s orthopaedic surgery sites. It has always been the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) belief that choosing the appropriate orthopaedic surgery setting is a decision that the patient and the surgeon make together based on a series of factors that lead to the best patient experience and outcome. Today’s patient options include hospitals, hospital-sponsored ASCs, and independent ASCs.
Over 1,000 U.S. hospitals and 68 ASCs participate in AJRR. Based on the number of procedures submitted monthly, AJRR is the largest orthopaedic registry in the world. The AJRR database holds 1.3 million hip and knee arthroplasty procedures from over 8,000 surgeons practicing in one or more types of clinical settings. As more total joint arthroplasties (TJAs) are performed in ASCs, reducing variation and demonstrating quality of care delivered can be accomplished through Registry participation.