Participation in the ASR, a collaborative effort of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), offers a wide variety of data reuse opportunities including requirements for quality initiatives and state collaboratives.

AAOS RegistryInsights® Platform: Participants can access standard reports and personalized dashboards at the site and surgeon level that cover procedural, post-operative, and patient-reported outcome (PRO) data. Also available is access to custom reports created by our Analytics team to help understand and package site data. These custom reports can include site-specific metrics and shape the continuous improvements to the standard reports provided.

Informing Spine Practice: ASR sites can compare their data to national benchmarks for every metric of data submitted, contribute to orthopaedic and neurological advocacy, have their data featured in Annual Reports, and inform Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs), Practice Management (PM), and Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC).

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Advanced Orthopaedic Certification: AAAHC requires accredited ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to collect and submit performance measures to a nationally recognized specialty registry.

Aetna Institutes of Quality (IOQ) Orthopaedic Surgery: ASR participants can receive this designation through accreditation from Det Norske Veritas & Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL).

American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) Continuous Certification (CC): Surgeons participating in ASR can satisfy Part IV of ABNS CC. Part IV focuses on meaningful participation in Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference. Surgeons who do not have access to or cannot attend a M&M Conference can attest that they participate in ASR to satisfy this requirement.

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program: Participating surgeons can attain up to 10 Self-Assessment Exam credits for ABOS MOC Part II by using the RegistryInsights Surgeon Dashboards.

BlueCross BlueShield Blue Distinction Specialty Care: Through Blue Distinction Specialty Care, ASCs may be required to have advanced certification from DNV GL.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Quality Payment Program (QPP): Participation in the ASR supports the reuse of data for payer incentive programs such as CMS MIPS. As a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), participation counts towards the QPP.

CMS Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI-A): Starting in 2021, registry participation counts as an alternative reporting option toward BPCI-A, an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) under the QPP. View the AAOS Registry Program’s 2021 BPCI-A measures here.                                                   

CMS MIPS Promoting Interoperability (PI): The AAOS Registry Program is a CMS-designated QCDR. Participation in the Registry Program can help physicians qualify for the MIPS PI category (previously known as Meaningful Use).

DNV GL Orthopaedic Center of Excellence: DNV GL provides health care sites worldwide with accreditation, certification, and training. To qualify for this certification, sites are required to use comparative outcome data from a national registry as part of a quality management system strategy toward performance improvement.

The Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Spine Surgery (ACSS): Effective July 1, 2021, The Joint Commission will offer the ACSS. Participation in the ASR, a collaborative effort of AANS and AAOS, is needed to meet the certification’s registry requirement and facilitate the calculation of performance measures.

To see the AAOS Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center CMS-approved 2021 QCDR Measure Specifications, click here. QCDR Measure Specifications from 2020 can be accessed here.