Surgeons' death rates to be listed13th December 2006
Authorities in the US state of Massachusetts are to publish individual mortality rates for heart surgeons on the Internet, in a bid to boost the quality of care.
From December 18, it will be possible to go to a website (hcp.med.harvard.edu/massdac/index.htm ) and look up the mortality rates for 55 surgeons who perform cardiac bypass operations, one of the most common types of heart operation.
About 4,000 patients had bypass surgery at 14 Massachusetts hospitals in 2004.
Officials say the results will be compiled from operations carried out over the past four years, and weighted to allow for the severity of each patient's illness, so as not to penalise surgeons who take on high-risk patients.
The move has been driven by increasing pressure to improve care from insurers and government agencies.
Similar results have been publicly available in New York since 1991.
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Title: Surgeons' death rates to be listed
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1483
Date Added: 13th Dec 2006