USBJI Hosts 2013 Musculoskeletal Summit in DC

The AOAO is a member of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI). Dr. Lee Vander Lugt, Executive Director, represented the Academy at this event in Washington, DC on November 18 and 19, 2013. The theme of the summit was “Best Practices in Patient-Centered Musculoskeletal Care.”

The concept for a biennial summit came originally from a highly successful conference in 2009, which was the first of its kind to bring together the leaders of the musculoskeletal community in the United States. This meeting led to a Summit in 2011 on “The Value of Musculoskeletal Care,” the results of which were published in Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism and the journal PM&R.

The 2013 USBJI Musculoskeletal Summit brought together a large number of stakeholders to collaborate on recommendations on patient care and delivery systems for people with musculoskeletal conditions. Speakers representing patients, providers, payers, government, industry and professional organizations collaborated to develop a consensus statement on best practices in patient-centered care that will provide a framework for future activities, including advocacy at local, state and national levels.

“From an orthopedic standpoint one of the most interesting topics was the societal value of total knee arthroplasty (TKA). A study funded by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) suggests an estimated lifetime societal savings of 12 billion dollars for the year 2009. The research suggests that all the concern for how expensive the procedures are should instead focus on how valuable they are to society”, said Dr. Vander Lugt.