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Ensure Proper Diagnoses to Ensure Proper Treatment

Integrated Mechanical Care (IMC) has developed a unique, outcomes-accountable™ approach to the orthopedic condition assessment that centers on root-cause analysis coupled with readiness-to-change evaluations. This leads to a better match between patients conditions and clinicians’ choices in remedies.

The Company’s proprietary, outcomes-accountable™approach to orthopedic triage includes a highly reliable, scientifically validated musculoskeletal and psychosocial assessment process that is well supported in the scientific, technical, and medical (STM) literature, as well as in field-based health economics, outcomes research, and comparative-effectiveness research studies.

IMC’s musculoskeletal assessment provides unprecedented speed and reliability in patient selection and appropriate clinical referrals—whether the referrals are to conservative care or more invasive healthcare providers.

The Company’s triage-driven approach to musculoskeletal care results in greater alignment between clinical findings and clinical solutions (e.g., behavior of symptoms, corresponding root causes, and best available treatment strategies) .

Empower Qualified Providers To Do Their Jobs

For example, patients with orthopedic conditions that lend themselves to conservative care are directed to standout practitioners in the successful application of low-risk, less invasive therapeutic approaches. These conservative approaches to care are appropriate for the vast majority of cases and tend to have the highest value for patients and other healthcare purchasers (delivering the most favorable outcomes with the least intensive allocation of resources).

Despite popular perceptions, conservative care is also indicated in the vast majority of situations in which MRIs or CT scans have revealed structural abnormalities such as tears, ruptures, herniations, and arthritic changes. Structural abnormalities are prevalent in the asymptomatic population at large (creating a preponderance of false positives from these high cost diagnostic methods) and seldom cause the symptoms and dysfunctions that patients are experiencing.

That noted, patients with conditions that genuinely require more invasive procedures (e.g., surgery or injections) are rapidly directed to healthcare practitioners with specialized training and superior track records in delivering these categories of care.  Armed with thorough diagnostic information from IMC’s mechanically-based assessments, radiologists and orthopedic specialists can draw more definitive and appropriate conclusions about causal relationships between structural abnormalities and symptomatic behaviors…turning inherently underperforming MRIs and CT scans into far more reliable diagnostic tools.

Support Proper Treatment to Achieve Favorable Outcomes

By ensuring patients with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are directed to the health care practitioner-types most appropriate for the challenges that patients face, IMC is able to dramatically improve both the clinical and economic outcomes of care…all while maximizing patient satisfaction.

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