Online Hospital, Physician Ratings Advance Transparency in California Health Care

In a California Healthline Special Report, David Carlisle — director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development — and Robert Schott — director of medical affairs at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento — discussed a recent state report that details mortality rates for hospitals and physicians that perform coronary bypass operations.

The report brings a new level of transparency to health care in California by providing for the first time specific information on individual surgeons at California hospitals.

Carlisle and Schott also discussed:

  • How mortality rates in California compare with those of other states;
  • The role of risk adjustment in rating physician performance; and
  • The future release of figures on bypass outcomes and maternity care (Rebillot, California Healthline, 7/24).

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