AURORA, CO – Jan. 4, 2016 – On January 1st, The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) implemented “Own the Bone,” a quality improvement program aimed to better identify, evaluate and treat patients that suffer from an osteoporosis or low bone density-related fracture. The program, developed by The American Orthopaedic Association, brings attention to the severe health implications of fragility fractures (broken bones that result from a fall from standing height or less) and the multi-faceted approach hospitals or clinics can incorporate to ensure these patients receive the most comprehensive care.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), up to 50% of all women and 25% of men over the age of 50 years will sustain a fragility fracture. Studies show that patients who have had a fragility fracture are 2 to 4 times more likely to experience another fracture than those who have never had a fracture. Yet, 80% of Medicare patients do not receive recommended osteoporosis care following a fragility fracture.
Own the Bone is a national web-based quality improvement program that incorporates 10 measures for reducing future fractures will provide TMCA with feedback on program performance to measure success.
By simply entering information in the web-based registry, improvements in patient care can be documented, tracked and quantified. With Own the Bone, TMCA will ensure patients with fragility fractures are screened and appropriately treated for low bone density or osteoporosis.
“The Medical Center of Aurora already provides outstanding patient care to all of our fracture patients,” says Jared Michalson, MD, TMCA’s Medical Director of Orthopedics & Trauma. “We are excited to implement Own The Bone because it is one more way we can ensure that our patients are receiving excellent care, not only while they are in the hospital, but when they leave as well. The program provides us with a valuable tool for tracking outcomes and ensures that patients are receiving proper education and follow up regarding osteoporosis.”
The Medical Center of Aurora has also incorporated Own the Bone’s 10 prevention measures to improve patient care, including: nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle counseling; pharmacotherapy recommendation and initiation (when appropriate); bone mineral density testing recommendation and initiation; and communication regarding patient risk factors and recommendations via physician referral and patient education letters.
By incorporating “Own the Bone” into our routine clinical care, we can ensure the community The Medical Center of Aurora is focused on making a difference in bone health by improving the care of fragility fracture patients.
For additional information about Own the Bone, please visit ownthebone.org.
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