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American Joint Replacement Registry

CMTP assisted the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in the development of the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). The AJRR is an independent, not-for-profit that seeks to to improve patient outcomes through collection of data on all primary and revision total joint replacement procedures in the U.S. The mission of the registry is to enhance patient safety, improve quality of care, and reduce the cost of care.

CMTP assisted the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in the development and implementation of the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). CMTP engaged key experts and stakeholders in the development of AJRR, while providing general strategic guidance to staff. This work built on the strategic framework and key relationships established at the September 2008 stakeholder meeting convened by CMTP in collaboration with the AAOS and the Brookings Institution.

Prior to that time, it was difficult to establish sufficient alignment of the key stakeholders (industry, CMS, FDA, hospitals, etc) to obtain the support needed to secure initial funding for the AJRR. As a result of these efforts, the level of enthusiasm across multiple organizations was raised to a sufficient degree that the AAOS board approved start-up funding for the AJRR, while the medical device industry, payers, and other stakeholders also offered financial assistance.

Recognizing the importance of public involvement and input, the AAOS Board of Directors contracted with CMTP to convene a Public Advisory Board (PAB) for the registry in 2010. The PAB outlined priority areas, developed a formal charter, and outlined a strategy for expansion of membership and participation in AJRR committees. Pilot data collection was completed in July 2011 at sites including UCSF Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic.  The AJRR has now recruited a total of 219 participating hospitals, and is committed to expansion of the levels of data collected by facilities and physicians.

CMTP continues to support the PAB as it expands its membership and the scope of its work on behalf of AJRR, working closely with the Board Chairperson and with AJRR staff.

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