As part of NBHA’s “20/20” vision to reduce bone breaks 20% by the year 2020, NBHA is pursuing widespread 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. FLS programs coordinate post-fracture care through an FLS coordinator (a nurse or other allied health professional) who ensures that individuals who suffer a fracture receive appropriate diagnosis, treatment and support.
FLS programs have been successful in a number of closed and open settings, both in the U.S. and internationally. These programs have greatly reduced the number of costly and serious recurrent fractures by identifying and appropriately treating post-fracture patients, recognizing that this group is comprised of those at highest risk of future fractures.
NBHA is using the following U.S. programs as models for this initiative:
NBHA is leveraging the expertise of these model programs in addition to the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s patient and healthcare professional education and training expertise.
NBHA also works closely with other national and international efforts focused on fostering the FLS model of care and secondary fracture prevention, including the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, International Osteoporosis Foundation Capture the Fracture campaign,Fragility Fracture Network, and International Geriatric Fracture Society.
Thanks to funding support from Amgen and Eli Lilly, NBHA launched Fracture Prevention CENTRAL (FPC) in March 2013. The online toolkit is accessible to the public and includes a suite of tools and resources to help those interested in starting a FLS program, as well as guidance to help hospital administrators, ACOs and health insurers make financial business case for implementing a FLS program. In the six months since Fracture Prevention CENTRAL launched, more than 1,400 users have registered to access the available tools and resources.
NBHA also sponsored six webinars duriing 2013 offering additional information on the FLS model of care and specific aspects of implementation. For additional information on the webinars and instructions for on-demand viewing, visit: http://www.nbha.org/fpc/educational-webinars.
NBHA's newest development is the FLS One-On-One Consulting Service: