Medical City Arlington has implemented the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone Program. The program is aimed to better identify, evaluate and treat patients that suffer from an osteoporosis or low bone density-related fragility fracture (a broken bone that results from a fall from standing height or less). The program brings focus to the severe health implications of fragility fractures and the multi-faceted approach hospitals or clinics can employ to ensure these patients receive the most comprehensive care.
Statistics surrounding this health issue are alarming! 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 fragility fractures in their remaining lifetime. The American Bone Health Prevalence Report states that more people in the United States suffer a fragility fracture each year than are diagnosed with a heart attack (MI), stroke or breast cancer combined and is projected to significantly increase as the population ages. 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. That is, once a patient experiences a fracture, they are very like to get another one.
According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, only 1 in 5 Medicare patients have received the osteoporosis care they needed after a fracture. The Own the Bone Program is a national Web-based quality improvement registry that incorporates 10 measures for reducing future fractures and provides Medical City Arlington with immediate feedback on program performance to measure Medical City Arlington’s success and helps benchmark our institution against other institutions. With Own the Bone, Medical City Arlington reduces this huge treatment gap and ensure that our patients with fragility fractures are screened and appropriately treated for low bone density or osteoporosis.
Dr. Shane Seroyer, Medical Director of Joint Replacement at Medical City Arlington, explains further: “An estimated 44 million people in the U.S. have osteoporosis (abnormal bone mineral density). Each year, about 1.5 million of these individuals suffer an osteoporosis related fracture. Through the Own The Bone program, the Medical Center of Arlington is collaborating with local physicians to ensure the long-term health and safety of the members of our community by countering this osteoporosis crisis.”
By simply entering information in the Web-based data registry, results can be immediately quantified and health care providers can begin to see how our actions are positively affecting patient care. The program is able to produce internal and external benchmarking results that reflect how Medical City Arlington patients are being positively affected by Own the Bone.
“A comprehensive, multi-specialty approach will greatly reduce repeat fragility fractures for at-risk patients,” said Douglas R. Dirschl, chair of the American Orthopaedic Association’s Critical Issues Committee. “Own the Bone gives hospitals or clinics the tools needed to address and curb this major health crisis.”