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Resolving Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) With Clinical Solutions, Not Administrative Ones

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Integrated Mechanical Care (IMC) has long recognized that MSD patients, healthcare’s institutional purchasers, and third-party payers cannot solve orthopedic challenges—which are clinical in nature—with administrative solutions alone. Similarly, business process reengineering (BPR) alone cannot overcome the horrific effects of bad medical decisions. Clinical challenges demand well-matched clinical solutions—and good economic outcomes are a natural byproduct of appropriate clinical care. IMC’s approach to MSD prevention and resolution increases the alignment between individuals’ underlying orthopedic conditions and what patients actually need to do to get better. That is, IMC improves the match between patients’ true diagnoses and the healthcare interventions that they and/or their healthcare providers choose. When the treatment matches what’s actually wrong, better outcomes naturally follow. And when patients get better, they generally stop seeking care. Resolving MSDs saves downstream healthcare dollars—and the more quickly patients get better, the more quickly savings accrue.