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Why Relative Value Units (“RVUs”) Are Important

Relative value units (“RVUs”) are important because:

  • Almost all payors base their reimbursement on a systematic multiple of RVU valuesbar chart
  • RVUs can be used to measure physician productivity
  • There are no other credible ways to measure your practice’s performance
  • You can make more money if you understand and monitor RVUs

Medical practices leave hundreds of millions of dollars uncollected annually for a variety of reasons including procedures performed but not billed, denied claims not appealed, (or worse, not managed), and making sure payors are complying with their contracts.

Measuring anything requires a standard metric. Without RVUs, you do not have a standard metric for many types of measurements.

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