FORCE-TJR and QI FORCE In October 2010, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality awarded a program project grant to the University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation to establish a novel national total joint replacement (TJR) research registry. The Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in TJR (FORCE-TJR) registry enrolled over 30,000 patients from 200 surgeons in 28 states, with hundreds more patients joining weekly. FORCE-TJR is the first US national cohort of TJR patients representing all regions of the US, with varied practice settings (e.g., urban and rural, high and low volume) to collect comprehensive TJR outcome data. FORCE-TJR data are collected directly from patients, including patient-reported outcomes of pain and function, early post-operative adverse events, and implant failures, assuring more than 85% response for valid, longitudinal analyses. Patient-reported data are augmented with clinical data from surgeons and hospitals. FORCE-TJR research is ongoing and will continue indefinitely as patients signed a consent allowing annual follow-up for years into the future. Seven federally-funded ancillary grants have been awarded and more than 50 publications document the lessons learned.
Beyond research, the QI FORCE provides comprehensive, comparative arthroplasty practice feedback to TJR surgeons and health systems to support quality improvement efforts. QI FORCE is certified as a CMS Quality Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), so these data can be used to meet regulatory requirements and value-based proposals to payers. Site-specific comparisons of patient risk factors and outcomes allow surgeons to understand the similarities and differences among their patients and practices. Finally, the FORCE-TJR implant registry effectively monitors revision rates as well as patient-reported symptoms can partner with manufacturers to understand implant survivorship and performance. The FORCE-TJR infrastructure and expertise has emerged as a leader in the orthopedic community in patient-reported outcome collection and interpretation, clinical care and implant surveillance, and best practice models to assure consistent TJR patient outcomes. For more information, see: www.force-tjr.org
QI FORCE Lead Scientist Roles and Responsibilities The QI FORCE team seeks a health systems scientist with the leadership and analytical skills to translate the FORCE database into meaningful information to inform orthopedic quality improvement, implant surveillance, and related healthcare policy. As a faculty, you are expected to contribute to UMMS educational and research programs and to move towards the development of an independent research program with external funding.
Core responsibilities include: 1. Recruit and engage new sites by coordinating communication among hospital leaders, surgeons, and FORCE team to guide membership decision. a. Maintain ongoing communication; arrange informational webinars; assure questions are answered during decision process; b. Assist sites in designing operational processes to support PRO collection c. Develop follow-up strategies to engage member health systems, including newsletters/emails, website, videos, etc. 2. In collaboration with FORCE IT lead, assure optimal IT operations support member sites, including data monitoring and reporting and database management. 3. Generate comparative analyses and review periodic quality data reports with members to maintain relationships to meet their outcome/quality monitoring needs. 4. Generate implant survivorship analyses and collaborate with manufacturers to understand outcomes, and report to regulatory bodies. 5. Supervise annual reporting to CMS though the QCDR. 6. Organize educational webinars for surgeons, quality professionals, hospital and surgeon office administrators to increase understanding of QI FORCE. 7. Disseminate QI FORCE methods and outcomes through professional quality and registry networks. 8. Other responsibilities as assigned.
Qualifications: • PhD in healthcare related quantitative field is preferred (minimum of Masters degree), such as epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, health policy. • Experience generating statistical analyses of large clinical databases, including patient-reported data. • Experience managing health system teams and/or quality improvement initiatives in the healthcare environment. • Knowledge of hospital and/or surgeon practice operations, especially procedures for quality and outcome measurement. • Working understanding of informatics and data collection tools. • Excellent communication and service-oriented attitude to understand and meet member needs. • Independent, organized, motivated, honest, and self-directed individual who works well with clinicians and staff.
Salary and faculty appointment commensurate with experience.
As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMS recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Position open until filled.
Interested candidates should send a Letter of Inquiry addressed to Dr. David Ayers and resume to: Rina Paladino, Administrative Coordinator Rina.Paladino@umassmed.edu
Internal Number: 15984
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