Understanding wRVUs: What They Are and How They're Used
RVU stands for Relative Value Unit, a system used in the USA to determine the value of a medical service in terms of time and effort. Medicare and other payers use RVUs to calculate the amount of money they will reimburse a provider for a medical service. In simple terms, RVUs are a way to measure the amount of work involved in performing a medical service.
RVUs are widely utilized to record and track the productivity of HCPs in addition to being used to determine payment for services rendered. They can be used to ensure providers are meeting their targets, track the overall productivity of a practice, and provide incentives for employees to exceed their goals. It is common for Radiology reading services groups to utilize RVU output to determine partnerships and compensation, making it an essential metric in the reading world.