NBHA’s awareness campaign, 2Million2Many, highlights the two million bone breaks that occur in the U.S. every year and are not accidents, but signs of osteoporosis. The campaign was created to raise public awareness for the connection between bone breaks and osteoporosis. By issuing a clear and simple call to action to request a test for osteoporosis if you or a loved one age 50 or over breaks a bone, the campaign supports NBHA’s “20/20” vision to reduce fractures 20% by the year 2020.
As part of NBHA’s “20/20” vision to reduce bone breaks 20% by the year 2020, NBHA is pursuing implementation of a Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) model of care in a number of health care settings, including Medicare, managed care, large hospitals systems and private payers.
For several years, biochemical bone turnover markers (which help health care professionals assess changes in bone metabolism and determine the effectiveness of treatment) have been used in clinical trials as supportive data and have been recognized as potentially useful tools in clinical practice. However, some shortcomings have minimized their use, including considerable short- and long-term fluctuations and technical variability (both within laboratory and between laboratory sample collection and analysis).