The American Orthopaedic Association developed Own the Bone as a quality improvement program to address the osteoporosis treatment gap and prevent subsequent fragility fractures.

Own the Bone subscribers are provided with education and tools to support their initiation of care coordination and bone health management for their patients.  These include:

  • Access to a national registry
    Document, track and benchmark patient care
  • Ability to report on quality measures
    Document performance on quality measures with the option to submit PQRS measures through the AJRR QCDR (currently in development)
  • Comprehensive start-up materials
    Simplify the implementation of your bone health program using our exclusive tools and resources including:

    • Case Report Forms for initial enrollment and patient follow-up
    • Best practice materials submitted by other institutions implementing Own the Bone
    • Process models, case studies and more
  • Branded patient education materials
    Give your patients something to reinforce their new knowledge about preventing future fractures; customize with your institution’s logo
  • Public relation tools
    Market your program with a ‘Participating Site’ logo, press release templates, sample articles, and PR toolkits
  • Recognition
    All new sites are recognized in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Guide, with top performing Star Performer sites also receiving special recognition
  • Training and support
    Dedicated program staff experienced at helping institutions set up secondary fracture prevention programs are here to help you get started

    • Education
      Physicians and other providers at enrolled sites receive free CME credit for attending Own the Bone webinars.
    • Clinicians from enrolled Own the Bone sites also receive discounted rates for the full-day CME/CNE-accredited Own the Bone Symposium. Own the Bone hosts monthly orthopaedic bone health ECHO clinics- a user group session which highlight bone health topics of interest and provide opportunities for clinicians to share patient cases.
  • Networking
    Subscribers receive access to the Bone Break User Forum, giving them the chance to ask questions and learn from fellow Own the Bone implementers. Upon request, clinicians from enrolled sites can participate in mentoring opportunities with expert program implementors.
  • Care coordination tools
    Use our registry-generated patient and physician letters to facilitate customized patient education and communication with your patient’s primary care physician.

Top 10 Reasons to Join

Own the Bone is the only national non-for-profit fragility fracture prevention program available to independent hospitals and medical centers, providing your hospital, medical center or private practice with all of the support and tools necessary to begin your own comprehensive fragility fracture treatment program.

In 2005, a 10-month Own the Bone pilot study (at 14 healthcare institutions throughout the US), published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, showed that efforts to educate patients and primary care physicians about the risk of osteoporosis and future fractures could positively affect bone health care in patients with fragility fractures.

“Failure to diagnose” and treat osteoporosis in association with related fractures is a key quality of care and a professional liability issue for hospitals, medical centers, and physicians. Implementing higher quality standards before you are required to do so is a sound medical and business decision.

Own the Bone measures are consistent with recommendations from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Joint Commission (JC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the American Medical Association (AMA).

The Own the Bone registry provides access to benchmarking capabilities enabling you to document improvements in patient care over time as well as externally against other participating institutions nationwide.

Own the Bone sites are recognized in major media outlets, such as the U.S. News and World Report “Best Hospitals” guide.  In addition, sites receive branded materials and template press releases to inform local media and their patients about their commitment to bone health.

Own the Bone includes elements that are adaptable to suit your institution and patient population’s needs. Your site can enter and track data for a target patient population (hip fractures, knee fractures, etc.) or for your entire fragility fracture patient population.

Own the Bone provides you with all of the tools necessary to start a fragility fracture prevention program or to enhance your current fragility fracture program, including:

  • Getting started materials
  • Access to a national web-based patient registry
  • Online and paper-based Case Report Form
  • Registry-generated physician communication and patient education letters
  • Patient and physician education tools that may be customized with your institution’s logo
  • Access to annual and ongoing educational activities with CME, CNE, and certificates of completion
  • Peer-to-peer user groups and mentorship program
  • Registry training for team members
  • Monthly Bone Health Bulletin e-newsletter
  • Public relations tools and national recognition opportunities

Own the Bone participating centers have access to networking opportunities – virtual and in-person – to learn and share best practices. Plus, access to a full library of best practices including resources and tools from implementing sites.

Only 21% of Medicare patients receive recommended osteoporosis care following a fracture. By implementing Own the Bone in your hospital or practice, you are showing your patients that you are concerned about their bone health and that they will receive the appropriate follow-up care when they choose your healthcare institution for bone fracture treatment.