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IMC's JointStrong® recognized by the Validation Institute as leading innovative change in healthcare



On Sunday April 28, 2019, JointStrong parent company, Integrated Musculoskeletal Care (IMC), was honored to receive its second consecutive Health Value Award for Direct Care Provider Services, Program Impact Savings and leading innovative change in healthcare from the Validation Institute at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.


IMC compared per member per year costs of the program’s musculoskeletal patients and a matched community cohort.  The cost data comes from the participating employers’ medical claims systems. After risk adjustment, the average cost per program participant was 51.48% lower than the matched cohort average cost (p < .0279). The utilization of MRIs, injections, and surgeries was lower by 49.75%, 39.44%, 78.38%.


The Validation Institute is an independent, objective, 3rd party organization focused on changing healthcare. RD Whitney, CEO of Validation Institute and the Master of Ceremonies for the event said “On behalf of Validation Institute and our 2019 Health Value Awards judges, it’s fair to say we were overwhelmed by the number of applications we received for this year’s award program.  Tonight we celebrate all companies who have made it their mission to provide better health outcomes at lower cost.”


Health Value Award candidates complete a lengthy and rigorous application process, particularly those applying in a validated category.  These companies undergo an in-depth evaluation to ensure the accuracy of their performance claims. This years ceremony recognized more than thirty companies and individuals leading innovative changes in healthcare.


Integrated Musculoskeletal Care CEO, Chad Gray, was also award a Lifetime Achievement award for his contributions to the field of Musculoskeletal Health at this years conference. Click here to view Chad Gray's interview with Mabel Jong at the 2019 World Health Care Congress (video).





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