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June 05, 2020
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AAOS Registry Program to collect COVID-19 data through existing registries

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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Registry Program announced it will be collecting COVID-19 data through the capture of the ICD-10 code for a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

Enabled across each of the AAOS registries, including the American Joint Replacement Registry, the Shoulder & Elbow Registry, the Musculoskeletal Tumor Registry and the American Spine Registry, the addition of the ICD-10 code will allow sites that contribute data to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on patients undergoing future joint replacement procedures, according to a press release. The release noted tracking COVID-19 data will help analyze the impact of COVID-19 on outcomes, trends of surgery based on the pause in elective surgery and the trends of patient-reported outcomes due to delayed procedures, as well as track the potential impact on CMS value-based payment models and coverage for patients recovering from COVID-19. Long-term data from the registries may also allow for future insights into COVID-19 and its impact on the clinical outcomes, according to the release.

The release noted hospitals, health care systems, practice groups and ASCs already participating in the registries will not need to join a new registry or engage in a new way to submit data, and capturing the code will not change the site’s workflow. The release also noted the ICD-10 code can be submitted as a preoperative comorbidity to prior diagnosis present on admission or as a reason for readmission.

Throughout the coming years, the release noted the AAOS Registry Program will deliver key learnings to participants, the orthopedic community and the broader public.