The American Joint Replacement Registry has released new data specifications, known as Level II, that allow for health care institutions to collect and report on patient risk factors, comorbidities and complications data.
Required or recommended by several federal and state quality initiatives, the addition of Level II completes the American Joint Replacement Registry’s (AJRR’s) dataset and gives registry participants risk-adjusted data they can use to determine survivorship curves, according to a press release.
“The ability to analyze patient risk factors is essential to the AJRR’s mission to improve orthopedic care,” Daniel J. Berry, MD, AJRR board of directors chair, said in the release. “Level II data introduces many variables that health care providers may consider when planning for surgery. Surgeons will be able to utilize this new data to better inform their decisions, and our ability to risk adjust will allow for their findings to not be misconstrued.”
The release also noted the new specifications include an expansion of Level I procedural data elements and modified Level III patient-reported outcomes data elements that provide a template for Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model from CMS.
“As orthopedics continues to stress the importance of quality, the AJRR continue to evolve to meet our participants’ needs,” Berry said in the release. “Initiatives and bundled payments are one of the many factors that influence the actions that health care providers engage in. Our registry platform provides an avenue for surgeons and other hospital staff to meet these programs’ requirements while also giving a deeper, more exact view of patient outcomes.”