NBHA Targets Several Key Projects for Implementation in 2012
Date: September 30, 2011
The National Bone Health Alliance (NBHA) has announced three projects that it is currently developing for implementation in the coming year. The first is a public awareness campaign on bone health focused around bone diseases and targeting women through advertisements in several national magazines. The second is a Medicare demonstration project proposal targeted at the prevention of secondary fractures by ensuring fragility fracture patients receive appropriate diagnosis and coordination of in-patient and out-patient care. The goals of this project are to improve outcomes and to demonstrate that healthcare costs can be decreased in the Medicare population through the system-wide implementation of this initiative. The third project is to standardize bone turnover markers through the development of reference standards for two bone markers. The goals for this project are to reduce laboratory variation in sample collection and analysis, and to establish a standardized U.S. reference range.
The NBHA was launched in 2010 to improve overall health and quality of life of all Americans by enhancing their bone health. The NBHA is a public-private partnership that brings together the expertise and resources of its partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors to collectively promote bone health and prevent diseases; improve diagnosis and treatments of bone disease; and enhance bone research, surveillance and evaluation. For more information, visit the NBHA web site.