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Blog: Surgeons’ performance under scrutiny
Modern Healthcare

After getting their sources of revenue scrutinized, physicians’ performance is now under public review.

The not-for-profit Consumers’ Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services, which previously put out a similar guide to hospitals, released ratings of surgeons. The ratings are based on Medicare fee-for-service data on 14 common major surgeries, including heart-valve replacement and bypass surgery, major bowel surgery, and hip and knee replacement.

Individual surgeons were evaluated based on their risk-adjusted rates of patient deaths, complications (based on prolonged lengths of hospital stays), and readmissions.