Med Groups Rated by C.U.

The New York Times reported this week that “Medical groups that perform heart bypass surgery are now being rated alongside cars and toaster ovens in Consumer Reports.”

I’m sure they are not being rated side-by-side with toaster ovens, but we get the point – this is unusual.

The newspaper said the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, which has been collecting the information for a decade, gave the rankings to Consumer Reports.

The head of the society said his group figured public disclosure would be inevitable, and they wanted to provide meaningful data.

I applaud the cardiac surgeons for volunteering to undergo such scrutiny. It will be interesting to see if other specialists like orthopedic surgeons or neurosurgeons follow.

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