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Access to Osteoporosis Testing for Americans in Jeopardy
Date:4/3/2009

he 10 million individuals with osteoporosis and the 34 million individuals estimated to have low bone mass across the country."

A 2008 study by Kaiser in Southern California found that increased use of DXA testing and osteoporosis treatment over a five-year period (2002-2006) resulted in a 37 percent reduction in hip fractures and $30.8 million in savings in a single year in 11 Kaiser health centers. Additionally, a 2007 study completed by The Lewin Group finds that restoring DXA reimbursement to the 2006 levels will save the Medicare program $1.14 billion over five years due to the reduced number of osteoporotic fractures.

DXA is a key tool in identifying those at risk for osteoporosis and helping those with the disease monitor their bone health. It is a recognized, reliable tool for preventing and reducing costly fractures, which account for $18 billion in national costs of direct care and are projected to increase by 50 percent over the next two decades, reaching $25.3 billion in 2025.

The DXA Task Force applauds Senators Lincoln and Snowe and Representatives Berkley and Burgess and all the cosponsors for introducing the "Medicare Fracture Prevention and Osteoporosis Testing Act of 2009" (S. 769 and H.R. 1894).

National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF): Established in 1984, NOF is the nation's leading voluntary health organization solely dedicated to osteoporosis and bone health. Its mission is to prevent osteoporosis and related fractures, to promote lifelong bone health, to help improve the lives of those affected by osteoporosis, and to find a cure through programs of awareness, advocacy, public and health professional education and research. For more information on osteoporosis and bone health, contact NOF online at www.nof.org or by telephone (800) 231-4222.

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