Osteoporosis and low bone mass affect over 40 million Americans. With osteoporosis causing two million bone breaks every year at an estimated annual cost of $17 billion to the Medicare system, osteoporosis-related fractures are responsible for significant human and financial costs.
One proven and effective way to improve patient outcomes and decrease health care costs is the implementation of a secondary fracture prevention program, also known as a fracture liaison service (FLS), a coordinated preventive care model that operates under the supervision of bone health specialists and fosters collaboration with the patient’s primary care physician. FLS programs coordinate post-fracture care through a FLS coordinator who ensures that individuals who suffer a fracture receive appropriate diagnosis, treatment and support. The program also creates a population registry of fracture patients and establishes a process and timeline for patient assessment and follow-up care.
From a financial and quality measure perspective, there are a number of incentives for institutions to implement FLS programs, but lack of awareness, knowledge and publicly accessible tools to help sites get started have stood in the way of widespread implementation.
To address these issues and foster wider implementation of this proven secondary fracture prevention program in the U.S., the National Bone Health Alliance (NBHA) and its partners have launched Fracture Prevention CENTRAL – a resource to help healthcare professionals, payers and administrators develop and implement fracture prevention and care coordination programs. Fracture Prevention CENTRAL includes case studies, best practices and resources to help sites establish and maintain a fracture liaison service program.
If you’re ready to decrease the toll of osteoporosis-related fractures by implementing a secondary fracture prevention program, visit Fracture Prevention CENTRAL at www.FracturePreventionCENTRAL.org for the tools and resources you need.