This is an excerpt of a guest post I recently wrote for the British Journal of Urology International Blog.
The April 2016 International Urology Journal Club on Twitter (#urojc) hosted a discussion on our paper, “Comparing Publicly Reported Surgical Outcomes with Quality Measures from a Statewide Improvement Collaborative”. It was an honor to have the paper selected for a #urojc discussion.
ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard
The subject of our research centered on the online U.S. surgeon ratings compiled for ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard.
Comparing Surgeon Scorecard to MUSIC Outcomes
Specifically, our research paper looked at ProPublica’s ratings for one procedure – results on radical prostatectomy (RP) for prostate cancer – and correlation to reporting by MUSIC, the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative. MUSIC is a state-specific quality initiative in the U.S. in which I am a participating surgeon.
What did the urology community around the world think of publicly reported surgical outcomes and our research? Read the curated tweets from the #urojc discussion and my full blog post on the BJUI blog.
On behalf of the authors of the paper and the entire MUSIC collaborative, I would like to thank our #urojc colleagues around the world for their thoughts, insights, criticisms and questions about the paper.
The paper was authored by Gregory Auffenberg MD, David Miller MD, Khurshid Ghani, Zaojun Ye, Apoorv Dhir, Yoquing Gao. I contributed as a member of MUSIC. The authors would like to thank JAMA Surgery for providing open access during the discussion period.