August 1996 AAOS Report

Subscription kits available for outcomes program

Orthopaedic surgeons interested in being included in the second phase of the Academy's outcomes data collection program soon will be able to submit enrollment information. Subscription kits for the Musculoskeletal Outcomes Data Evaluation Management System (MODEMS™) will be available to Academy members in August. The new program is designed to help orthopaedic practices collect, measure, record, store, and analyze information about the outcomes of care they provide. It was developed by the Academy, Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies and Council of Spine Societies. MODEMS™ will allow orthopaedic practices to collect their own patients' outcomes data, as well as contribute to the development of a national database. Practices enrolling in the MODEMS™ program can measure patients' outcomes for pediatric, spine, upper extremity and lower extremity conditions. The program's questionnaires score patients' responses on physical function, social function, pain and expectations on satisfaction resulting from treatment. A toll-free phone number-(800) 288-0018-has been set up by the Academy for individuals who would like more information about enrolling in the MODEMS™ program.

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