RIP: Accuracy of Time Measures Used to Value Surgical Procedures in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Seminar

Speaker(s)

David Chan
David Studdert

Date and Time

January 19, 2018 12:00 PM

Availability

RSVP

RSVP required by 5PM January 17.

Location

William J. Perry Conference Room, Encina Hall, 2nd Floor, 616 Serra St, Stanford, CA 94305

FSI Contact

Adreana Pinuelas

"Accuracy of Time Measures Used to Value Surgical Procedures in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule"

 

The American Medical Association’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) has been called “the most important health care group you’ve never heard of”.  It plays a central role in determining how much public and private insurers pay physicians for services.  The RUC’s role and performance have been heavily criticized, but subjected to very little empirical evaluation.  In a sample of the most common surgical procedures, we assessed the accuracy of a key ingredient of RUC valuations: procedure duration.  We identify inaccuracies, and find that they have substantial distributional effects on payments to surgeons. On the other hand, we find that revaluations by the RUC tend to partially correct these inaccuracies, and detect no evidence of bias in the RUC’s choices of procedures to review. 

 

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