Last Fall, NOF released a report from the actuarial firm, Milliman, on the economic burden of osteoporosis fractures based on Medicare data. During May’s National Osteoporosis Month, NOF’s Interim CEO, Claire Gill, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Andrea Singer, will share highlights from the report and discuss the policy agenda NOF has created based on the report findings.
Medimaps is a member of the NOF Corporate Advisory Panel and TBS (Trabecular Bone Score) is part of the solution.
Few key findings of the report are as follows:
- Approximately 2.3 million osteoporotic fractures were suffered by 2 million Americans covered by Medicare in 2015.
- Osteoporotic fractures are responsible for more hospitalizations than heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer combined (2015)
- Only 9 percent of women covered by Medicare FFS who suffered an osteoporotic fracture were screened for osteoporosis with a BMD test within six months following their fracture.
- Reducing between 5 percent and 20 percent of these “secondary” fractures in 2015 could have reduced Medicare FFS spending by $310 million to $1.2 billion up to 2 to 3 years after a new osteoporotic fracture.
- Andrea J. Singer, MD, FACP, CCD, NOF Chief Medical Officer, Director, Women’s Primary Care, Director, Bone Densitometry, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
- Claire Gill, Interim CEO, National Osteoporosis Foundation
To view the slides, click here.