RVUs, or Relative Value Units, are a measure of value used in the US Medicare Reimbursement Formula for Physician services. RVUs are a part of the system Medicare uses to decide how much it will reimburse physicians for each of the services and procedures covered under its Physician Fee Schedule and which are assigned Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes.
Most practices compensate their physicians using an RVU model which compensates based on the work performed rather than the number of patients seen since the level of work required varies patient to patient.
One contributing factor to the complexity of Emergency Medicine billing is that RVU’s are frequently impacted by the documentation of procedures. Appropriate procedure documentation can make a big difference in RVU’s.
The following is a list of potential scenarios to illustrate the impact they can have:
- Insufficient Documentation: “Closed reduction attempt was made after patient was medicated. Patient appears clinically reduced.”
- Complete Documentation: Reduction done by applying downward pressure and pushing the mandible back over the articular eminence. Reduction successful.
6 Documentation Tips to Increase the Coding
of the Level
Here are some documentation tips that can help increase the coding of the level:
If you are unsure about your current coding strategies, contact the team at DuvaSawko. Our team can perform an in-depth analysis of your current billing and coding strategies to ensure optimal efficiency in all areas. Call us at 888-311-8760 or visit us online at www.duvasawko.com.
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