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Ban KA, Cohen ME, Ko CY
Evaluation of the ProPublica surgeon scorecard "Adjusted Complication Rate" measure specifications.
The authors sought to (1) determine the proportion of cases excluded by ProPublica's specifications, (2) assess the proportion of inpatient complications excluded from ProPublica's measure, and (3) examine the validity of ProPublica's outcome measure by comparing performance on the measure to well-established postoperative outcome measures. They found that ProPublica's outcome measure specifications exclude 82% of cases, miss 84% of postoperative complications, and correlate poorly with well-established postoperative outcomes.
Citation: Ban KA, Cohen ME, Ko CY . Evaluation of the ProPublica surgeon scorecard "Adjusted Complication Rate" measure specifications. Ann Surg 2016 Oct;264(4):566-74. doi: 10.1097/sla.0000000000001858.
Keywords: Adverse Events, Outcomes, Public Reporting, Quality Measures, Surgery