Published on November 18, 2020

Concord Hospital Orthopaedic Institute Earns Star Performer Recognition

Own the Bone LogoConcord Hospital is proud to announce that it has received 2021 Star Performer recognition from The American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Own the Bone® program.

Concord Hospital Orthopaedic Institute is one of over 260 healthcare 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 osteoporosis or a 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 percent of all women and 25 percent of men over the age of 50 years will sustain a fragility fracture. Studies show that patients who have had a fragility fracture are two to four times more likely to experience another fracture than those who have never had a fracture. Yet, 80 percent of Medicare patients do not receive recommended osteoporosis care following a fragility fracture.

Star Performer designation is reserved only for institutions that have achieved a 75 percent compliance rate with at least five 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);
  • Providing written communication to the patient and their physician regarding specific risk factors and treatment recommendations.

“Concord Orthopaedics is proud to partner with Concord Hospital in achieving the highest level of recognition for their work on optimizing the bone health of our elders,” said Dr. Sean Burns of Concord Orthopaedics. “Concord Hospital Orthopaedic Institute’s team have been outstanding in identifying patients with osteoporotic injuries and facilitating medical management of not just their injury, but also their overall health and well-being.”

“The strongest predictor of a fracture is a fracture,” explained Emily Marsh, Concord Hospital Own the Bone Coordinator and orthopaedic nurse educator. “Teaching patients preventative measures and communicating with their primary care physician for follow up is key to reducing subsequent fractures for this vulnerable population.”