RBRVS and “Units” Are Not a True Measure of Value

January 16, 2012

The method used in determining most physician reimbursement, the resource-based relative value scale, or as it’s commonly known, “RBRVS,” is based on efforts, another way of looking at cost.

But the cost to deliver is not a measure of value.  It’s Marx. If effort creates value, then the plain old rock dug from a mine would be as valuable as the diamond pulled out at the same time.

The shortcuts physicians accepted in order to get paid, the Medicare fee schedule and unit based billing, are not tools to increase your earnings, they are tools to suppress your earnings.

Your value is not the input: the time or the effort. Your value is the output:  health and and life.

Work on receiving that value. That’s true healthcare reform.


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