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J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Apr 19;99(8):e40. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.16.00482.

Geriatric Fracture Care: Future Trajectories: A 2015 AOA Critical Issues Symposium.

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1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Regions Hospital, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota 2Department of Surgery, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.


The population of the United States and the world is aging rapidly. Musculoskeletal care for older adults will be impacted by the manner in which health care is financed and the ability of the orthopaedic community to provide evidence-based integrated care for this population. We review the financial aspects of health-care reform and the implications for musculoskeletal care in the elderly. We discuss the establishment of quality measures for hip fracture care in the elderly, team building to accomplish this, and an innovative program designed to provide orthopaedic care to the frail elderly outside of the usual office setting.

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