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Surgeon and Hospital Scorecard Now Available

Posted by James D. Campbell | Jul 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

By James Campbell

A valuable tool just became available that allows patients to compare the complication rates of different hospitals and surgeons for different procedures.  This tool is called the Surgeon Scorecard.  The reviewed procedures are: knee replacement, hip replacement, neck fusion, low back fusion, gallbladder removal, prostate surgery. 

The organization Pro Publica, with the aid of doctors, reviewed patients' Medicare records and calculated the death and complication rates for surgeons performing the above procedures.  Importantly, the data was adjusted to reflect patient health, age, and hospital quality.  It also included a helpful article that explains their methodology and limitations of the data. 

For example, the study can tell you that at Northwest Hospital, the range of rates of complications for knee replacements for various surgeons are from 1.8% to 3.3%.   This is a sizable difference. 

The bottom line is this appears to be a helpful tool to help you make a decision about who will perform your next surgery, and where it will be performed. 

About the Author

James D. Campbell

Jim Campbell is an experienced medical malpractice trial lawyer. Jim learned the craft of medical malpractice litigation law representing physicians and hospitals throughout the State of Arizona. He successfully tried many lawsuits on behalf of physicians and hospitals, even when the odds were overwhelmingly against his client. Now, Jim uses his skill and experience representing patients. His defense experience gives him an advantage in anticipating the tactics that physicians and their lawyers will use. He is able to proactively engineer his client's case to successfully meet those strategies.


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