“Surgeon Scorecard Needs Improvement”

SEELOW, BRANDENBURG - AUGUST 08:  Country doctor Dieter Baermann measures the blood pressure of Elisabeth Boehm in the patient's home on August 8, 2011 in Sachsendorf near Seelow, Germany. Baermann works in the state of Brandenburg in eastern Germany, a region that is struggling with a shortage of doctors in rural areas. Critics charge that current laws actually discourage doctors from taking up posts in rural areas, and the German government is debating a new law intended to reverse the trend. Many doctors across Germany complain about a legal system that they claim burdens them with too many costs and hampers their ability to provide the best care.  (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
(Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Excerpt: “ProPublica’s rating system for surgeons is under fire for using data from Medicare claims rather than quality-based, clinical outcomes. But despite those flaws, it’s a step forward on the march to physician transparency.”

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