School district located in western Wisconsin

Increasing annual medical spend due to aging workforce

Implemented cost containment strategy

Reduced orthopedic medical spend by 50%

Case Study Overview

Musculoskeletal (MSK) diseases (muscles, ligaments, nerves,tendons, etc.) have steadily increased globally due to increased workplace pressure, improper posture, poor fitness, and varied health habits. The global MSK market is roughly $58 billion of spend and is growing at more than 5% annually, especially among older individuals.

The Challenge

A school district in western Wisconsin with an aging population faced significant cost increases annually due to its aging population. MSK claims had become the highest medical spend category, with annual spend upwards of $1.5M. Furthermore, members could select any provider for elective orthopedic procedures, which substantially varied the cost of the same procedure across different patients.

“By establishing a pre-authorization requirement and utilization review for orthopedic procedures, MSK spend decreased $750k in the first year…”

The Solution

BPA worked with the school district to build a self-funded plan focused on a cost containment strategy for MSK claims. Utilizing vendor MDDirect, district employees obtained pre-authorization for elective orthopedic procedures. MDDirect guided patients through an efficient and cost-effective treatment process, giving recommendations on care and preferred providers, with surgery only being used as a last resort.

Result

By establishing a pre-authorization requirement and utilization review for orthopedic procedures, MSK spend decreased $750k in the first year and moved from the 4th highest expense category to the 1st and saved the school district 50% on MSK claims over the prior year. Spend per patient dropped from $5,800 to just over $1,400 all while maintaining high-quality of care.

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