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Millions of patients a year undergo common elective operations – things like knee and hip replacements or gall bladder removals.

But, there’s almost no information available about the quality of surgeons who do them. ProPublica analyzed 2.3 million Medicare operations and identified 67,000 patients who suffered serious complications as a result: infections, uncontrollable bleeding, even death.

We’ll be reporting the complication rates of 17,000 surgeons — so patients can make an informed choice.


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6 Responses

  1. Follow-up

    Whether consumers are choosing a car, a household appliance or even a nursing home, there are ratings and reviews available to make the best choice.

    But, patients are often blind when choosing a surgeon.

    Ann Miller RN MHA


  2. After Transparency

    Morbidity Hunter MD joins Cherry Picker MD.

    SAURABH JHA MD via Ann Miller R MHA


  3. Why the Surgeon Scorecard is a journalistic low point for ProPublica

    Jeffrey Parks MD via Ann Miller RN MHA


  4. Surgeon’s Scorecard

    F/U – Misunderstanding Propublica:

    Ann Miller RN MHA


  5. Complication Rates of 16,000+ Surgeons Published

    Using public data from the CMS Inpatient Limited Data Set, which includes every hospital visit by every Medicare patient in the study period, ProPublica journalists created a searchable database of surgical complications that resulted in deaths or readmissions within 30 days due to complications.

    The data set spans more than 200 variables, including the hospital, patient age, and gender, ICD-9 procedure and diagnosis codes, dates of admission, and discharge dates. Data journalists spoke to dozens of doctors, surgeons, and researchers who use the Medicare data, to develop the patient outcome measures used.

    While the tool was in development in 2014, CMS agreed to make unencrypted surgeon identifiers public for the first time, so that patients, procedures, complications, and surgeons could all be linked and examined by all.

    Source: Univadis [12/23/15]


  6. A Surgeon So Bad It Was Criminal

    Via and By Laura Beil special to ProPublica

    Christopher Duntsch’s surgical outcomes were so outlandishly poor that Texas prosecuted him for harming patients. Why did it take so long for the systems that are supposed to police problem doctors to stop him from operating?



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