resource-based relative value scale

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resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS)

a system for a Medicare fee schedule designed to address the promise of compensation to a physician for the time involved in giving physical and mental status examinations and obtaining patient history from family members.

resource-based relative value scale

Managed care A scale that ranks physician services by the labor required to deliver those services. See CPT codes, DRGs, Overrated procedures.

Re·source-Based Rel·a·tive Val·ue Scale

(rē'sōrs-bāst rel'ă-tiv val'yū skāl)
A payment system mandated by U.S. federal law concerning Medicare's establishing a cost basis for Medicare services based on analysis of skill and time required by the health care provider for patient's care.

resource-based relative value scale

Abbreviation: RBRVS
A scale for determining the monetary value of evaluation and management services provided to patients, i.e., services provided to patients by nonsurgeons. The scale is based on the total work required for a given service and on other considerations, including the cost of the physician's practice, the income lost during training, and the relative cost of liability insurance.
See: managed care; managed competition
See also: scale
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