“Own the Bone” Provides Tools for Success to Address Growing Major Health Crisis.

LewisGale Regional Health System 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.

According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, only 1 in 5 Medicare patients have received the osteoporosis care needed after a fracture. Own the Bone is a national quality improvement program that incorporates 10 measures for reducing future fractures and provides LewisGale Regional Health System with immediate feedback on performance to measure success and help benchmark our facilities with other facilities. With Own the Bone, LewisGale Regional Health System reduces this huge treatment gap and ensures that our patients with fragility fractures are screened and appropriately treated for low bone density or osteoporosis. Learn more about osteoporosis.