Osteoporosis is neglected

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HEDIS measures

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has added osteoporosis screening and treatment to its list of measurements for Health care effectiveness (HEDIS). Their most current report can be downloaded (HEDIS report 2010)

For osteoporosis screening, the measurement is the number of Medicare women over age 65 who report ever having received a bone density test. For treatment, the measure is the percentage of women older than 67 who suffered a fracture and who had either a bone mineral density test or a prescription for a drug to treat or prevent osteoporosis in the six months after the fracture.

BMD testing rate
2009 68.0%
2008 66.7%
2007 65.7%
2006 64.4%
Treatment after a fracture
2009 20.7%
2008 20.7%
2007 20.4%

This shows that we still are not doing very well about treating women who have had an osteoporotic fracture.

Updated 1/6/2011