Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist and a contributing opinion writer, writes in a New York Times op-ed on “surgical ‘report cards,’ a quality-improvement program that began in New York State in the early 1990s and has since spread to many other states.” While the goal of the report cards was to improve cardiac surgery by tracking patient outcomes, the initiative “backfired,” often penalizing talented surgeons “who were aggressive about treating very sick patients and thus incurred higher mortality rates.”
Meanwhile, Jauhar writes that “there is little evidence that the public — as opposed to state agencies and hospitals — pays much attention to surgical report cards anyway.”
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