When it comes to patient safety, there’s a problem. I am a certified orthopedic surgeon and we are the reporters who created the #SurgeonScorecard. Ask us anything.
Recent studies say 200,000 to 400,000 die every year from medical errors or preventable medical harm. By these numbers, medical mistakes are the third-leading cause of death in America.
When it comes to patient safety, there's a problem.
I am Dr. Charles Mick, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and former president of the North American Spine Society. I am active in health policy, coding, advocacy, reimbursement and value-based spine care issues.
We are ProPublica reporters Marshall Allen and Olga Pierce. We just published a first-of-its-kind database of nearly 17,000 surgeons and their risk-adjusted complication rates by analyzing 2.3 million Medicare records of eight elective procedures. You can also read the investigation here.
How do surgeons view patient safety? What can patients do to ensure their safety? How does the #SurgeonScorecard help me?
Ask us almost anything about patient safety.
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