Nonprofit Consumer Group Releases First‐Ever and Only Nationwide Ratings of Surgeons for Patient Outcomes, Based on Government Data Previously Kept from the Public
New Website Shows that Similar Patients Have Three Times the Risk of Death or other Bad Outcomes with Some Surgeons Compared to Other Surgeons.
WASHINGTON—Preventable medical errors of various kinds kill at least 200,000 Americans each year,
making this the third leading cause of death in the United States, six times as many deaths as from auto
accidents. One way to reduce such errors is for consumers to choose the best surgeons. For the first
time ever, consumers across the U.S. today have access to ratings of individual surgeons based on
outcomes—how often their patients die in hospital or within 90 days of hospital discharge, have serious
complications in hospital, or need to be readmitted to a hospital within 90 days of discharge.
The ratings were