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Benchmarking Survey Resources



Valuable Orthopedic Data

The AAOE Benchmarking Survey collects valuable data from orthopedic practices across the country. This data provides you with the answers you need to make vital decisions for your practice related to compensation, productivity, overhead, and staffing. The Physician Compensation report below is a sample of the benchmarking reports available in the Data Portal and includes trend data from 2014. 


Privacy & The Benchmarking Survey

The American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE) has been conducting an annual, orthopaedic-specific benchmarking survey for over twenty years. Protecting the privacy of the practices that participate in the survey and the confidentiality of the data submitted are priorities for AAOE. Several mechanisms are in place to make sure that data collected via the AAOE Benchmarking Survey are secure:

  • Data collected via the online survey is stored in a password protected database, accessible only to dedicated data analytics staff at AAOE and employees of AAOE’s technology partner (Stratusi).
  • Everyone with access to the survey database is trained on HIPAA privacy and data security procedures.
  • The servers that host the database are located in a Hi-Trust certified data center, which is the highest level of certification available.
  • The Benchmarking Results are distributed to members via AAOE’s online reporting platform, AAOE Empower, and accessible via a secure, permissions driven user login.
  • While participating practice are able to view their practice’s data in the online platform, no other users can see your practice’s data.
  • Your practice’s data is included in aggregated data that is used to display industry averages and 25th, Median, 75th, and 90th percentile benchmarks.
  • A Benchmarking Results eBook is also created and distributed to participating practices and purchasers of the results, but contains only the aggregated data mentioned above.



The results of the survey are housed in an interactive Data Portal to allow you to apply various filters so you're only looking at the data that's most relevant to your practice. You can create customized reports based on factors such as practice size, region, state, population size, and specialty. Because of this, participation in the survey is vital! Increased participation means more filters can be applied, so the results will be even more relevant to your practice. 

Learn more in the recording of "Looking Beyond Operational Data: Connecting Satisfaction, Outcome, and Quality Data to Benchmarking Results" from AAOE's 2019 Annual Conference:




FREE! Insights from the AAOE Benchmarking Survey

Working in conjunction with AAOE, Katz, Sapper & Miller (KSM) analyzed raw, blinded benchmarking data at the practice level to uncover insights that are difficult to find when looking at individual reports. We also included some important takeaways from practices identified as high-performing based on AAOE benchmarking data. Download the free e-book today!


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