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Massachusetts To Publicly Disclose Individual Physicians' Mortality Rates for Heart Patients

Kaisernetwork.org reports: Massachusetts will begin to publish patient mortality rates for individual heart surgeons December 18. The state already publishes information on hospitals and physician groups as part of a 2000 state law, but data on individual physicians was not published because health officials believed hospitals and state agencies would use physician data internally to improve the quality of care. However, state officials changed their minds amid a "growing push" from employers, insurers, Medicare and Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) administration to "more fully disclose medical care data," according to the Globe. Read more at http://www.nyshaf.org/index/news/id.2032/offset.0