Breg Inc. and Aspen Medical Products Sign New Five-Year Supplier Agreement

Carlsbad, Calif. – Breg, Inc., a leading orthopedic bracing and billing services company, has signed a new five-year supplier agreement with Aspen Medical Products to continue selling its innovative spinal portfolio.

Aspen Medical Products LogoAspen’s full line of products includes the Horizon™, Vista®, Summit™, Evergreen™ and Contour™ Lower Spine Bracing Systems, as well as upper spine bracing systems like the Vista® Cervical Collar, Vista® MultiPost Collar, Aspen® Cervical Collar, Aspen® Pediatric Collar, Sierra Universal Collar™ and the Vista® CTO, Vista® CTO4 and the Aspen® CTO.

“Aspen has been an excellent partner for us since 2013, and we value the opportunity to continue working with their team to support patients who are suffering from back pain and injuries,” said Brad Lee, president and CEO of Breg.

Spine disorders affect a huge portion of the population; as many as 80% of adults will experience low back pain (LBP) at some point in their lives, and 1% to 2% of U.S. adults are chronically disabled by LBP.1,2 Additionally, according to an iData Research report in 2018, more than 1.5 million instrumented spinal procedures are performed annually in the U.S.3 Bracing is a conservative treatment option for some of these patients.

To learn more, visit Breg.com/spine-bracing.

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3. “How Many Spinal Fusions are Performed Each Year in the United States?”
https://idataresearch.com/how-many-instrumented-spinal-fusions-are-performed-each-year-in-the-united-states/. Accessed July 31 2020.

About Breg
Breg makes orthopedic bracing and devices, but more than that, the company makes durable medical equipment dispensement easier for our customers every step of the way, from hurt to healthy. Breg is committed to supporting practitioners through comprehensive partnerships, supporting patients with high-quality products and services, and delivering seamless support to facilities navigating the complexities of modern healthcare.

As the largest U.S. provider of cold therapy devices and second largest domestic provider of orthopedic bracing, Breg provides products to millions of patients annually. Founded in 1989, Breg is based in Carlsbad, Calif., and is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. Visit www.breg.com.

About Aspen Medical Products
Aspen Medical Products is a leader in the design, development and marketing of upper and lower spinal orthotics. For over 25 years, the company has introduced a continuous flow of pioneering spinal bracing products and services to the healthcare marketplace. Headquartered in Irvine, California, the company has local sales representation throughout the U.S. as well as internationally.

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Breg, Inc. and UK/Ireland Distributor Joint Operations LLP Announce new Partnership

Joint Operations LogoBreg, Inc., a leading orthopedic bracing and billing services company, has partnered with UK-based distributor Joint Operations LLP to expand delivery of its premium, high-value orthopedic products in the UK/Ireland market as of July 1, 2020.

“We conducted an extensive search in the UK to find a distributor that aligns with both our global growth strategy and our company values,” said Bianca Flikweert, Breg’s International Director of Sales. “Joint Operations had everything we were looking for and more, including a proven track record in orthopedics and the same commitment to enhancing patient care through high-quality products.”

Joint Operations provide a comprehensive portfolio of Joint Preservation technologies to the UK and Ireland.  Managing Director Richard Forster said, “Bracing and cold therapy are key elements in the Joint Preservation algorithm and can be combined to great effect with our injection range and surgical platform to correct stability, alignment, cartilage defects and meniscus damage. This partnership will enable Breg and Joint Operations to make the gold standard philosophy of combination treatments widely accessible to the UK and Irish healthcare systems.”

The partnership will also include an educational platform to provide eLearning, hands-on training and online consultations for orthopedic practitioners in the UK/Ireland

About Breg

Breg makes orthopedic bracing and devices, but more than that, the company makes durable medical equipment dispensement easier for our customers every step of the way, from hurt to healthy. Breg is committed to supporting practitioners through comprehensive partnerships, supporting patients with high-quality products and services, and delivering seamless support to facilities navigating the complexities of modern healthcare.

As the largest U.S. provider of cold therapy devices and second largest domestic provider of orthopedic bracing, Breg provides products to millions of patients annually. Founded in 1989, Breg is based in Carlsbad, Calif., and is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. Visit www.breg.com.

About Joint Operations

Joint Operations was established in 2015 to develop the field of Joint Preservation within the UK and Ireland.  With a strong emphasis on education, the company has grown rapidly and is one of the key participants within its chosen subspecialty.  Visit www.jointoperations.co.uk.

Academic Orthopaedic Consortium establishes AOC Women’s Executive Leadership Forum with support from Breg, Inc.

The Academic Orthopaedic Consortium (AOC) is proud to announce the establishment of the AOC Women’s Executive Leadership Forum, which will provide a series of important initiatives and a national network specifically for its female administrative members. The Forum is made possible by the generous support of Breg, Inc., a market leader in orthopedic device manufacturing and DME program management, and a long-time sponsor of the AOC.

“When I surveyed the Orthopaedic Chairs across the AOC about the value of establishing additional leadership programs and a national network exclusively for our female administrative leaders, their response was immediate and overwhelmingly positive, and they encouraged us to move forward,”
– Michael Gagnon, Founder and CEO, AOC

Last year, AOC membership grew by more than 37%, now connecting more than 126 university-based orthopaedic programs, and female administrative members now outnumber male administrative members within the organization. When Gagnon approached Brad Lee, President and CEO of Breg, with the idea of building on the momentum of female leadership within AOC, Lee recognized the importance of the work and asked how his company could support the initiative.

“We believe deeply in supporting our clinical partners as they navigate the complexities of the modern healthcare system, and we understand that one of the best ways to do that is to give them more opportunities to learn from each other and innovate together. The Forum will be an avenue for women to come together and advance the profession, and Breg is thrilled to be part of that.”
– Brad Lee, President and CEO, Breg

Research has shown that having access to strong professional networks is critical to navigating career pathways, enhancing learning curves, and improving the performance of individuals and the entities they serve. Just in the last 18 months, publications such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Nature have provided research that brings to light how women can uniquely benefit from being part of female-led professional networks that are purely comprised of females, especially in traditionally male-dominated occupations.

The AOC Women’s Executive Leadership Forum will be led by Bobette Patterson, Chief Administrative Officer for the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Iowa and Vice President of the AOC. Webinars, peer mentorship, and symposium within the annual meeting specific to topics the members prioritize will be the focal points (i.e. negotiation, recognition, optimizing peer networks, conflict resolution, managing career trajectory).

“The AOC Women’s Executive Leadership Forum will allow for dialogue, education, and mentorship for a key group of professionals who have had similar challenges throughout our careers,” Patterson said. “This is extremely exciting and will reach beyond the AOC by also including ‘experts’ who have achieved career success outside of the musculoskeletal world. I am humbled and energized to help lead these efforts with direction from our female membership.”

The announcement is already generating excitement among the AOC members.

“The Forum will empower female executive members to be leaders and innovators in their organizations. I’m looking forward to leadership, education, and networking support that will be beneficial for personal and professional growth.”
– Ann Juengermann, Chief Administrative Officer, University of Missouri

Breg, Inc. Adds Benefits and Eligibility Checks to Breg Vision® Software for Orthopedic Bracing Programs

Responding to a frequently cited pain point for both orthopedic physicians and their patients, Breg, Inc.’s latest software release will improve transparency around the cost of durable medical equipment (DME) products like knee braces, shoulder slings, splints, boots and crutches at the time of dispensement.

Billing for medical products varies widely based on contracted pricing with insurance agencies, individual healthcare coverage and deductibles, so doctors often can’t give their patients precise cost estimates on products at the time they are prescribed. Breg Vision 7.0.8, available now in Apple’s app store, features real-time benefits and eligibility checks that account for each patient’s specific insurance plan. Using the app, doctors can identify the best products for a patient’s recovery, then assess estimated costs with them upfront, empowering patients to be part of the decision.

Breg Vision is also the only orthopedic management software on the market that can connect directly into healthcare providers’ Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, seamlessly integrating DME inventory management into the supply chain.

To learn more about Breg Vision 7.0.8, please visit www.breg.com/impact/vision/.

Breg Launches Breg Vision® 7.0: Workflow Management Software for Durable Medical Equipment Providers

May 31, 2019, Carlsbad, Calif. – Breg, Inc., an orthopedic bracing provider with market-leading consulting and technology programs, has launched the next generation of its paperless workflow management system for orthopedic providers, Breg Vision® 7.0, in Apple’s app store.

Breg Vision is an end-to-end application that automates and optimizes in-house durable medical equipment (DME) programs.  Version 7.0, developed and refined through direct customer feedback, includes multiple customer experience and usability upgrades, including:

  • A completely redesigned, rebuilt mobile application on a reliable and scalable platform
  • Thoughtfully enhanced workflows that require 27% fewer touches to complete patient dispensements
  • A streamlined infrastructure for expedited future enhancements and improved continuity of patient care

“Breg continues to listen to and support our needs with the Vision application,” said Breg customer James Clarke, DME coordinator, Desert Orthopedic. “The new app includes everything that I previously found useful and gives us an even more capable and stable application to work with. I look forward to seeing what else comes from this new platform.”

Launched more than 10 years ago as a web application, Breg Vision has the longest tenure of any DME patient management software on the market. It has evolved to include mobile capabilities, integrations with dozens of Electronic Medical/Health Records (EMR/EHR/PM) systems and partnerships with Greenway, Athena Health and Allscripts. With more than 200 unique channel connections, the system is able to pull patient scheduling information from almost any EMR/PM, push patient information and documentation to EMRs and/or billing systems, and manage real-time inventory, among other features.

Other Vision capabilities include:

  • Improved staff productivity with paperless dispensing
  • Streamlined inventory management with real-time tracking
  • Seamless information exchange via bi-directional EMR/PM interfacing
  • Documentation generation and coding and charge capture

 

Breg Vision is a key part of Breg Impact, the company’s customized DME/bracing program. Breg Impact has more clinically trained staff supporting customers across the country than any other DME provider.

“Our customers tell us that the thing they struggle with most as healthcare providers is finding the time to deliver excellent patient care while also managing the demands of their business,“ said Brad Lee, Breg’s CEO.  “The improvements we’ve made in Vision 7.0 are designed to address those concerns. Our updates mean customers can spend less time on administrative tasks and more time elevating patient care.”

To learn more about Vision 7.0, please visit www.breg.com/impact/vision/.

About Breg, Inc.

Breg helps simplify and elevate orthopedic patient care by delivering high quality products and comprehensive partnerships. The second largest U.S. provider of orthopedic bracing, Breg is partner to 2,500 clinics, more than 6,000 orthopedic surgeons and 1,500 Integrated Delivery Networks, providing sports medicine and rehabilitation products to millions of patients annually. Breg’s interconnected programs and total solutions are designed to fit specific customer needs, giving time back to providers and patients alike to focus on what’s most important. Founded in 1989, Breg is based in Carlsbad, Calif., and is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. Visit www.breg.com.

 

 

 

AOSSM 2018

Breg Exhibiting at the Annual AOSSM Meeting in San Diego, CA July 5-7

Breg will be exhibiting at the annual AOSSM (American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine) meeting in San Diego, CA on July 5-7. Stop by our booth, #500!

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Breg’s Booth at NATA

Our team members at Breg’s booth at NATA! Stop by booth #7055 to find out about the latest products and services from Breg.

Breg Vision Workflow Management Software

Greg Shilling, Greenway Vice President of Corporate Development, Pleased to Partner with Breg

“Rapid innovation is essential to the development of a sustainable healthcare system, and the Greenway Marketplace gives customers the means to evaluate and select innovative solutions relative to Greenway,” said Greg Shilling, Greenway Vice President of Corporate Development. “We’re pleased to partner with Breg for mutual promotion of Breg Vision to customers seeking to improve their ability to deliver care.” Learn more here: https://www.greenwayhealth.com/marketplace/partner/breg-vision

Co-Creation Workshop 2018

Breg Hosted a Co-Creation Workshop in Carlsbad, CA

We hosted a co-creation workshop with orthopedic surgeons and administrators at our corporate office in Carlsbad, CA. Breg leaders and customers brainstormed solutions together on how to make bracing solutions and the patient experience remarkably easy. It was a fun and productive day. Thank you partners for your passion and creativity! To learn more about our product and solutions offerings, visit, breg.com.

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Breg Exhibiting at NATA in New Orleans, LA June 26-29

Breg will be exhibiting at NATA (National Athletic Trainers’ Association) in New Orleans, LA on June 26-29. Stop by booth #7055 to find out about the latest products and services from Breg.