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New sites allow patients to compare surgeons based on outcomes, complication rates

ProPublica, SurgeonRatings uses never-before-available information to evaluate best, worst surgeons

The ratings, which don’t include poor performers, take into account how often the surgeon’s patients die in the hospital or within 90 days of discharge, have serious complications in the hospital or are readmitted to the hospital within 90 days of discharge.

But the second website, Surgeon Scorecard by ProPublica, does include surgeons that have higher-than-average complications based on infections, clots or infections that call for post-operative care.

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