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Orthopedic Board Will Use Surgeon Scorecard to Help Re-certify Docs

Correction, Oct. 13, 2015: This story has been updated to clarify that the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery board of directors did not have a formal discussion or vote on the decision to use the Surgeon Scorecard when certifying or re-certifying doctors. The decision to do so was made by the board’s executive director, Dr. Shepard Hurwitz, who discussed it with some members of the group’s board of directors. The spelling of Hurwitz’s first name also has been corrected.

The Human Reasons Why Athletes Who Dope Get Away With It

Correction, Aug. 31, 2015: This story originally incorrectly stated that athletes can miss three tests in 18 months before facing a sanction. As of 2015, athletes can miss three tests in 12 months before facing a sanction.

Small Group Goes to Great Lengths to Block Homeschooling Regulation

Correction, Aug. 27, 2015: This story originally misidentified Rachel Coleman as the founder of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education; she is a co-founder. And it incorrectly described a character in the novel “Anonymous Tip” as a “homeschooling mother;” only later in the book does she take up homeschooling.

Speed Bumps: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Cheaters in Track and Field

Correction, Aug. 20, 2015: This article originally said blood samples taken at major track championships are stored for eight years. They are stored for 10 years.

A Trail of Evidence Leading to AT&T’s Partnership with the NSA

Correction, Aug. 15, 2015: This article originally stated that Keoje is in Japan. It’s in South Korea.

NSA Spying Relies on AT&T’s ‘Extreme Willingness to Help’

Correction, Aug. 15, 2015 : The timeline in this article originally said that in 2003, AT&T was forwarding 400 million Internet metadata records a month to the NSA. It should have said 400 billion.

Agent Orange Act Was Supposed to Help Vietnam Veterans — But Many Still Don’t Qualify

Correction, July 17, 2015: This story has been corrected to reflect the amount of compensation the VA provided to Vietnam era veterans and all veterans in fiscal 2013. A previous version of the story mistakenly referred to the number of vets receiving compensation as the amount of the compensation.

Surgeon Scorecard and Cancer Centers

Correction, July 22, 2015: An earlier version of this article imprecisely described one of the eight elective procedures in Surgeon Scorecard. What we identified as “Lumbar Spinal Fusion, Anterior Technique” is an operation in which a surgeon attaches a bone graft to the front of the patient’s spinal column, what doctors call anterior placement. The operation is done through an incision in the patient’s back, known as posterior approach. We are publishing the medical codes for each procedure including this one, which is IDC-9-CM code 81.08. We have revised the language for clarity.

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

Correction, July 9, 2015: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to the Red Cross' claims about its overhead spending. The group has said 91 percent of all donations went to Haiti and nine percent to overhead, not the other way around.

A Pharma Payment A Day Keeps Docs' Finances Okay

Correction, July 2, 2015: This post has been corrected to change the average amount doctors received in payments in 2014. The graphic has also been corrected.

Fraud Still Plagues Medicare Drug Program, Watchdog Finds

Correction, June 23, 2015: This article originally stated that 243 people were arrested during Medicare's fraud takedown. Two hundred forty-three people were charged. Not everyone charged was arrested.

End of the Miracle Machines: Inside the Power Plant Fueling America's Drought

Correction, June 16, 2015: This story previously stated that the Hoover Dam is located in Boulder Canyon. It is in the Black Canyon.

The ‘Water Witch’: Pat Mulroy Preached Conservation While Backing Growth in Las Vegas

Correction, June 2, 2015: This article misstated how many Western states will face dramatic cuts in their water supplies if the water in Lake Mead falls to emergency levels. Only Nevada and Arizona would face such cuts, not every state in the Colorado River basin.

California Workers’ Comp Law Gets Criticism, Praise at Senate Hearing

Correction, March 26, 2015: An earlier version of this story may have implied that Alex Swedlow of the California Workers’ Compensation Institute said insurers were making medical decisions. Those decisions were made by doctors hired by the insurers.

The Fallout of Workers’ Comp ‘Reforms’: 5 Tales of Harm

Correction, March 25, 2015: An earlier version of this story said that Christopher Carter was sent by his employer’s insurer for an independent medical exam in Missoula, Montana. Instead, the insurer brought the Missoula physician to Great Falls for the exam.

Rent to Own: Wall Street’s Latest Housing Trick

Correction, Jan. 28, 2015: This column incorrectly said that about nine in 10 new mortgages have government backing. Recently, more than seven in 10 new mortgages have government backing, mainly from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

The Human Toll of Flashbangs

Correction, Jan. 12, 2015: The interactive graphic published on Jan. 12, 2015, The Human Toll of Flashbangs, originally included two passages that had been plagiarized from their sources, CNN and the Washington Post. We have taken what we consider to be the appropriate action with respect to what we are convinced were unintentional mistakes by the author in question, and have now properly attributed the sentences, in the entries for the FBI agent, Donald Bain, James Milligan and Thomas Scanzano.

When a Patient's Death is Broadcast Without Permission

Correction, Jan. 2, 2015: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the newspaper that published a quote from "NY Med" executive producer Terence Wrong. It was the Philadelphia Daily News, not the Philadelphia Inquirer. Both newspapers share a website, where the story appears.

Is This Man Responsible for the Murders of 5 American Nuns?

Correction, Dec. 31, 2014: This story originally incorrectly described Gerald Rose, former deputy chief of mission in Liberia. Gerald Rose is 86, and he did not personally interview aspirants. He also does not hobble nor has he ever used a cane. He is active and routinely plays 18 holes of golf.

Judge Doesn’t ‘Think’ Police are Abusing Spy Technology, and More in MuckReads

Correction, Oct. 24, 2014: In an earlier version of this story we stated that residents were paying 20 percent more in property tax bills when in fact the analysis shows that 20 percent or more of residents are paying the wrong property tax bill.

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