The American Joint Replacement Registry and Ambulatory Surgery Center Association announced a partnership to encourage ambulatory surgery centers to participate in the registry.
According to a press release, data compiled from registry participation will be used to support efforts to reduce health care costs by moving total joint replacements to Medicare’s ambulatory surgery center (ASC)-payable list and increasing the number of private payers that will reimburse ASCs. Currently, there are almost a million procedures from more than 6,300 surgeons who are logged in the registry. The goal of the registry is to log 90% of all total joint arthroplasty procedures to demonstrate the effectiveness of ASCs and support better surgeon, patient and purchaser decision-making.
“The data collected by the [American Joint Replacement Registry] AJRR will be used by [Ambulatory Surgery Center Association] ASCA and our members to support efforts to educate government and commercial payers of the safety, efficiency and good outcomes that result when ASCs perform these procedures, and will foster greater use of ASCs by patients,” William Prentice, chief executive officer of the ASCA, said in the release.