The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) yesterday announced the certification of the first Geriatric Fracture Care Programs in the United States as recognized by the newly developed IGFS CORE Certification Program. The CORE Certification Program is a global quality improvement initiative designed to recognize the achievements of programs that exceed outcomes benchmarks in the management of geriatric fractures.
One of the leading healthcare challenges for society is the prevalence and cost associated with geriatric fracture care for an aging population. The mission of the IGFS is to promote co-management of fragility fractures centered around an interdisciplinary team that focuses on key quality indicators such as time to surgery, readmission rates, mortality, and osteoporosis education.
The CORE Certification Program was developed by the IGFS team of international experts representing thought-leaders in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. This is the first major initiative of the organization to recognize achievements of Geriatric Fracture Care Programs that are delivering the highest quality care to this patient population.
Each of the five programs achieved the highest certification level possible through the CORE Certification Program, exceeding national benchmarks on seven key quality indicators as identified by the IGFS in data submitted over the past year.
The five certified programs are as follows:
- Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa.
- Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Wilkes Barre, Pa.
- Regions Hospital, St Paul, Minn.
- University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
- University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.
“The certification of these first programs is a landmark day for geriatric fracture care in North America,” noted Stephen L. Kates, MD, Hans Jorg Wyss Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical School and past president of the IGFS. “For many years, the world’s leading thought-leaders have been zeroing in on the key indications that will drive better quality and efficient care. Having these leaders and scientific data coalesce into the development of protocols and now a certification program is a significant step in producing the framework for our society to deal with this massive healthcare challenge.”
“Our goal was to create a process that championed key values: collaboration; quality improvement; and outcomes measurement,” added Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, chairman of orthopaedic surgery at Geisinger Health System and president of the IGFS. “It was important for us to focus on data as well as processes. Through the CORE program we now have a pathway for programs to benchmark their success, drive quality improvement, and work in a collaborative manner with peer programs across the nation. If we are to successfully address this challenge, it is an important first step to measure achievement and disseminate best practices across the many programs that exist.”
About the IGFS
Founded in 2012, the IGFS is a nonprofit, 501(c)6-designated organization whose mission is to be recognized as the foremost international authority for collaboration on the delivery of evidenced-based, patient-centered care for the treatment of geriatric or fragility fractures. For more information, visit www.geriatricfracture.org