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Musculoskeletal Outcomes Data Evaluation and Management System

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies developed the Musculoskeletal Outcomes Data Evaluation and Management System (MODEMS) program over a period of several years. The project began in 1993, and the goal was to improve the care of musculoskeletal patients by developing a national database of outcomes data to analyze the functional outcomes of and patient satisfaction with musculoskeletal care.[15] The Musculoskeletal Education and Research Institute (MERI) was established to oversee the MODEMS program.

Unfortunately, the MODEMS program was terminated in March 2000 because it “never garnered the critical mass of subscribers necessary to become economically viable and financially successful.”[16] At the time of termination, there were only 286 physicians enrolled in the program, and the goal for December 1999 was to have 1000 physicians participating.[16]