Journalism in the Public Interest



For a Surgeon With a History of Complications, a Felony Past

As a medical student, Florida spine surgeon Constantine Toumbis stabbed a friend outside a bar. Documents show he omitted or misrepresented his record in regulatory filings.

Less Than Zero

Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still miscounting their water supplies.

How Much Water Does the West Really Have?

As America’s west has waged its battle against water scarcity, some of its officials have been miscalculating to some degree just how much water is actually available. If states in the West keep managing water this way, we risk a water crisis even worse than we fear.

Surgeon Scorecard and Cancer Centers

The names of five cancer centers were missing from Surgeon Scorecard. We have updated the database so you can now find them.

How Much Acetaminophen a Day is Safe? Canada May Decide It’s Less

After an investigation by the Toronto Star, Canada’s top health agency considers whether to lower the maximum recommended daily dose of the active ingredient in Tylenol and other painkillers.

Audit Slams the New York City Housing Authority for Misleading Data on Repairs to Public Housing

The findings of the audit echo ProPublica’s reporting earlier this year describing the misleading ways NYCHA tracks and tallies repairs.

Surgeon Scorecard

We calculated complication rates for surgeons performing one of eight elective procedures under Medicare, carefully adjusting for differences in patient health, age and hospital quality. Use this database to know more about a surgeon before your operation.

How We Measured Surgical Complications

The methodology for our analysis of surgical complication rates.

Why We Are Publishing Surgeons’ Complication Rates

ProPublica's Surgeon Scorecard is a crucial step in the larger process of spurring accountability for breakdowns in patient care.

What Experts Are Saying About Surgeon Scorecard

What Experts Are Saying About Surgeon Scorecard

Key Questions We Considered in Creating Surgeon Scorecard

Here are questions you are probably asking yourself about Surgeon Scorecard.

Making the Cut: Why Choosing the Right Surgeon Matters Even More Than You Know

A ProPublica analysis of nearly 17,000 surgeons finds stark differences in complications rates for some of the most routine elective procedures.

Popular Blood Thinner Causing Deaths, Injuries at Nursing Homes

Some facilities fail to properly oversee Coumadin. Too much can cause bleeding; too little, clots. Nursing homes are “a perfect setup for bad things happening,” one expert says.

Coming Soon: ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard

ProPublica analyzed 2.3 million Medicare operations and identified 67,000 patients who suffered serious complications as a result: infections, uncontrollable bleeding, even death. Next week, we report the complication rates of 17,000 surgeons.

Wall Street Pension Bond Pitchbooks

When Wall Street Offers Free Money, Watch Out

Bankers and new accounting rules are emboldening governments to borrow-and-bet their way out of pension problems, a strategy that’s backfired in the past.

Bet Big, Then Go Short

Governments that borrow money to fund their pensions often pay less into their pension funds in future years than they're supposed to. Here’s how the 20 biggest pension bonds deals since 1996 have worked out.

Sen. Grassley Demands Red Cross Disclose Haiti Spending — And Gives Them a Deadline

The “disappointed” Judiciary Committee chairman wants a detailed breakdown of spending on projects, overhead and other issues.

In Rare Step, Workers at California Group Home Unionize

Frontline employees at a San Francisco home for some of California’s most troubled children bid for better pay and a greater role in treatment.

May It Displease the Court: Race and Justice Sotomayor

A book on Justice Sotomayor reveals the bruising backstory to the Texas affirmative action case set to be heard again this fall.

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