Osteoporosis, Breakdown from Medicare Cost Bone $ 6.3B

The study estimates that the total cost of care associated with osteoporotic fractures is $ 95 billion in 2040.

Additional costs of osteoporosis and subsequent bone fractures were on top of $ 6.3 billion, according to the Milliman study commissioned. National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) t Wednesday morning.

According to the report, 2 million Medicare recipients suffered 2.3 million fractures in 2015, but only 9% of beneficiaries were examined for osteoporosis within six months of breaking.

The results of the study show the significant financial impact of osteoprostic outbreaks as well as a lack of strong use for preventive measures.

In the 12-month period following the retention of osteoporosis, the direct medical cost exceeded $ 21,800 per Medicare benefit, more than double the costs incurred in the 12-month period before the injury.

Perhaps in particular, while over 40% of Medicare beneficiaries had suffered an osteopathic break in the hospital within a week, almost 20% died within a year of receiving further break.

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In 2018, the total annual cost of providing care related to osteoporosis outbreaks was $ 57 billion and is expected to rise to $ 95 billion in 2040, according to NOF.

Elizabeth Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of NOF, said the healthcare system failed the millions suffering from osteoporosis but there are proven methods to limit its impact.

"Medicare pays for a first class bone density test to identify those at risk of breaking out of bone, allowing preventive and effective interventions and interventions. Medicare also pays for drug treatments for osteoporosis allowing spinal and hip fractures up to 70 percent and repeat cuts cut half, "Thompson said in a statement. "It has been proven that new rates of coordinated care reduces patients' after fractures rates and lower costs."

The NOF report suggests that "secondary" outages could be reduced by 15% to 20%, those that occur after the initial injury, reducing Medicare spending between $ 310 million and $ 1.2 billion in 2015.

The report also made recommendations to Medicare, including evidence-based care management incentives and coordination for those with osteopathic fractures, which eliminated reductions in payment rates for screening, and establishing quality measures with t for screening and treatment.

Related: More people are living with hip fractures, not dying

Jack Brien is the financial editor at HealthLeaders, brand Simplify Compliance.

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