# How is RVUs measured?

## How is RVUs measured?

Calculate the work RVUs (wRVUs) associated (by group or individual) by multiplying the frequency associated with each CPT code billed during the period of time by the wRVU for each CPT code.

What is the difference between wRVU and RVU?

Every CPT code used in billing is assigned a specific wRVU. The wRVU then gets added to the other two RVUs (practice expenses and insurance). Together, they become the total RVU.

### What is work relative value units?

Relative value units (RVUs) were designed to provide relative economic values for medical care based on the cost of providing services categorized as physician work, practice expense, and professional liability.

How are RVUs assigned?

Using code descriptors as vignettes, medical codes were assessed and assigned RVUs that ranked the resources used to provide the services on a common scale. In other words, the RVUs assigned to a procedure or service compares its value relative to other procedures or services.

## What is an RVU rate?

Relative value units (RVUs) are a measure of value used in the United States Medicare reimbursement formula for physician services. RVUs are a part of the resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS).

What are RVUs in healthcare?

RVU stands for Relative Value Unit and is currently used by Medicare to determine the amount of reimbursement to providers. RVUs are basically a way of standardizing and comparing service volumes across all continuums. Traditionally reimbursement has predominately been based upon volume.

### How do I increase my work RVUs?

“Seeing higher acuity patients can generate more RVUs but seeing more lower acuity patients is the most efficient way to generate RVUs.” Serious procedures require a higher level of time, skill, and intensity compared to a typical well-patient visit, which means they would yield a higher RVU.

How do I calculate my RVU salary?

Calculating RVUs can be a complex process, but it’s not difficult to grasp the basics. All three components of the RVU value are added together. This number is multiplied by the GPCI to account for location. That result is then multiplied by a conversion factor that changes every year to get a final dollar amount.