Spine Surgeon’s have mixed feelings about ProPublic’s Surgeon Scorecard

ProPublic released the ‘Surgeon Scorecard’ database as part of their ongoing ‘dollars to doctors’ feature to gauge their providers complications rates.

ProPublic compiles data derived from government records collected about Medicare patients. Many organizations are using Medicare’s data related to ‘surgical complications’ to create publicly available scorecards so patients can compare provider to provider. While the concept of providing more information to consumers is well expected, the type of information, and associated relevance in respect to patients’ overall surgical outcomes is being questioned by providers.

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