The 2013 USBJI's Musculoskeletal Summit was held November 18-19, in Washington, DC, on the theme "Best Practices in Patient-Centered Musculoskeletal Care."
The concept for a biennial summit came originally from a highly successful conference in 2009, the first of its kind to bring together the leaders of the musculoskeletal community in the United States. This meeting led to a Summit in 2011 on "The Value in Musculoskeletal Care," the results of which have been published in Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism in the journal PM&R. As discussions at the 2011 Summit indicated, increasing value in musculoskeletal care will be best accomplished by determination of best practices and development of strategies for their implementation, optimally using interdisciplinary approaches. Along with members of the USBJI, the Summit created a very exciting program to engage relevant stakeholders and address the important issue of best practices.
Access to quality musculoskeletal care is high on the radar for administrators, policy makers, and legislators concerned about how to manage costs while upholding care standards. Now is the time for stakeholders in all aspects of bone and joint health to determine best practices for patient-centered care.
The 2013 Summit provided an opportunity for the full range of stakeholders in our community to collaborate on recommendations on patient care and delivery systems for people with musculoskeletal conditions. Summit interactions and thus innovative multidisciplinary approaches to patient-centered musculoskeletal care will be enriched by drawing on work accomplished by various disciplines and perspectives.
The 2013 Summit will produce a position paper that articulates priorities and establishes the framework for an action plan that will help optimize care and reduce disparities for patients of all ages.
"Times of change represent great opportunity and the musculoskeletal community is ready for this conversation. We all need to engage."— Gregory Worsowicz, MD, MBA, Summit Co-chair
"This Summit couldn't be better timed or more important."— David Pisetsky, MD, PhD, Summit Co-chair