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    U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative to Hold Musculoskeletal Summit on The Value in Musculoskeletal Care

    Date: August 26, 2011

    The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) (previously named the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade) will be holding a Musculoskeletal Summit on The Value in Musculoskeletal Care, October 12-13, 2011, in Washington, DC.

    The cost of musculoskeletal disease in the United States is approaching $1 trillion each year and is likely to increase as the population ages and life styles become more active. These increases are occurring at a time of an unprecedented debate on health care and possible redirection of major programs. Since overall health care expenditures in this country continue to rise, the current models for care delivery may not be sustainable, demanding new strategies to optimize health and improve quality of life. To meet the challenges of a changing world and establish priorities for resource allocation in the future, the musculoskeletal health care community must define and measure the value of the care it provides. The USBJI views this issue as critical and is convening a summit to address value from the perspective of patients, providers, industry and payers among others.

    The summit will engage a broad range of stakeholders to consider value in musculoskeletal care. By definition, value represents a standard or feature regarded as desirable or worthwhile. While the value of care involves quality and cost-effectiveness, it transcends both in its impact on society.  Determining value in care demands consideration of societal and personal health and well–being that can result from diverse approaches for prevention and treatment.

    Given the increasing costs of health care and the changing demographics, we can no longer ignore the cost and cost-effectiveness of musculoskeletal care. The USBJI is committed to a leadership role in improving the health care system and making value an important goal of musculoskeletal care in all of its dimensions. Society participants will have the opportunity to put forward their specialty’s perspectives, and to provide input in assessing gaps in data and needs for guidelines and evidence-based research, outcome, and function measures. Summit participants will develop a Consensus Statement and framework for an action plan which musculoskeletal professional society Boards will be asked to ratify.

    For more information on the Summit and registration details, see www.usbji.org/rd/?MSKSummit.

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