Archive for February, 2012
“When should I get another DXA?” That was the question from a 70+ year old at the PEO group I talked to recently. That is the wrong question!
Don’t get just a DXA. DXA alone misses 85% of Fracture Risk, especially in older individuals. What you should get is a Complete Bone Health Evaluation. That allows you to catch problems early enough to “Take Control Naturally” with Calcium Citrate, enough Vitamin D, and exercises. But what is a Complete Bone Health Evaluation?
Last week we discussed a proven way to prevent fractures, save lives, prevent suffering, and save Billion$ of Dollar$. Private insurance HMOs Kaiser and Geisinger developed the system of evaluating and treating patients at risk for osteoporotic fractures. One of the key items in that program is getting a DXA on every fracture patient.
This week Congress & Obama cut Medicare payments for DXA by more than 40% beginning March first. Everyone has heard that they put off a scheduled cut on all Medicare payments to physicians until just after the election. Unfortunately, Medicare payments for DXA, and thereby for Osteoporosis Care, were specifically left out of this action.
The Blue Zones Project is a way to live longer, healthier, and happier. Both Waterloo and Cedar Falls, IA are in the final round to become demonstration Blue Zones communities for Iowa’s “Healthiest State” initiative.
Dan Buettner spent 8 years with National Geographic studying areas where people live much longer than in the rest of the world, including the wealthiest nations. He described his findings in “Blue Zones” and “Thrive”. The Blue Zones Project is an attempt to transfer the “secrets” he learned to communities in America.
The “secret” is that you can Take Control Naturally. You can adopt lifestyle habits that are found in communities where people live longer, healthier lives, and are generally happier as well.
Medicare is considering a strategy proven to prevent second fractures. Private Insurance plans Kaiser and Geisinger are preventing fractures, saving million$$, saving lives, and preventing patient suffering. These private initiatives have been in place for years. They have been copied in other countries. Medicare now considers doing the same.