After nearly a decade of trying to launch an implant registry, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) may have to compete with a government-run hip and knee replacement registry. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) introduced the Knee and Hip Replacement Act of 2009 in the June 2009 to establish a national registry that would collect and analyze data on patients with hip and knee replacements.
The bill is not sitting well with devicemakers and professional organizations that have been working together to establish a nationwide registry for joint replacement devices for the past several years.
Founded in 1933, the AAOS is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons and others in the world. Its continuing medical education activities include a world-renowned Annual Meeting, multiple CME courses held around the country and at the Orthopaedic Learning Center, and various medical and scientific publications and electronic media materials.