Medicare cost of osteoporotic fractures

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By Dane Hansen, Carol Bazell, Pamela M. Pelizzari, Bruce S. Pyenson | 11 September 2019

Osteoporotic fractures are low-impact bone fractures associated with the weak bones caused by osteoporosis. The total annual expense of providing care for osteoporotic fractures among Medicare beneficiaries, including direct medical costs as well as indirect societal costs related to productivity losses and informal caregiving, has been estimated at $57 billion in 2018, with an expected increase to over $95 billion in 2040. This report discusses the economic and clinical burden of new osteoporotic fractures that occurred in 2015 in the Medicare fee-for-service population using information from a large administrative medical claims database.

This paper was commissioned by the National Osteoporosis Foundation.