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Orthopedics board not adopting Surgeon Scorecard just yet

By Neil Versel

The head of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery was all set to adopt ProPublica’s groundbreaking and controversial Surgeon Scorecard as part of the process of re-certifying surgeons. Except that he apparently doesn’t have the power to do so unilaterally.

Investigative journalism organization ProPublica reported that the ABOS Executive Director Dr. Shepard Hurwitz has backtracked from his earlier comments that the board would consider complication rates listed in the Surgical Scorecard when surgeons are up for re-certification.

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