tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2005 Issue 20

REIMBURSEMENT: AMA Revving Up RVU Review Engine

E/M services the focus as AMA looks at reimbursement rates.The AMA's Relative Value Update Committee is conducting its third five-year review of relative value units this year, and this review is expected to focus on RVUs for evaluation and management services. Most physician codes already have been revised in the first two RVU updates, the committee said, which means very few RVUs are still based on the original study that launched the RVU system in 1992.Further, far more codes saw increases in their RVUs rather than decreases during the first two five-year reviews, the commissioners said. This...

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