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MUSC Health Earns Star Performer Recognition

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October 08, 2021
American Orthopaedic Association 2022 Own The Bone Star Performer

MUSC Health is proud to announce that it has received 2022 Star Performer recognition from The American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Own the Bone® program.

MUSC Health is one of over 275 health care institutions nationwide that has taken initiative to ensure its osteoporotic fracture patients receive the treatment and care that they deserve by implementing The American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) 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 fracture. The program 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.

Leading the Way in Post-Fracture Care

Star Performer designation is reserved only for institutions that have achieved a 75% compliance rate with at least 5 of the 10 Own the Bone prevention measures including: educating patients on the importance of Calcium and Vitamin D, physical activity, falls prevention, limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking; recommending and initiating bone mineral density testing; discussing pharmacotherapy and treatment (when applicable); and providing written communication to the patient and their physician regarding specific risk factors and treatment recommendations.

Learn more about the MUSC Health Center for Osteoperosis & Bone Health.

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Keywords: Orthopaedics