The American Joint Replacement Registry announced it has published the 2016 Report to the Public About Hip and Knee Replacements, which is a patient summary of clinical data found in its annual report.
There’s good news for overweight people with painfully arthritic hips and knees: A new study finds that obese patients who underwent knee or hip replacement surgery reported virtually the same pain relief and improved function as normal-weight joint replacement patients six months after surgery.
Only 35% of orthopaedic practices who participated in a survey conducted by the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE) indicated that they are collecting patient reported outcomes measures (PROMs). However, the majority said they are collecting patient satisfaction surveys (61%) and identified quality measures (71%).
The paradigm in healthcare delivery is changing. The focus is shifting in response to the converging forces of payment reform and consumer expectations toward more efficient, higher quality value-based care. By automating the collection of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), you enable patients’ active participation and meet their expectations for greater convenience, leading to higher patient satisfaction.
Recently published results revealed a positive correlation between total joint replacement volumes and the overall hospital quality and the total joint replacement volumes and the value-based purchasing performance.
When Donna Froseth went to see Dr. Joseph Signorelli on Dec. 1, 2015, she wanted surgery on her left knee. Froseth, now 65, had experienced constant knee pain for six years, but the question was not whether she needed total knee replacement. Signorelli “spent 35 minutes talking with me about my weight,” the retired registered nurse recalled. He then told her she surgery would have to wait.