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The Relationship Between Work Relative Value Unit Awareness and Work Relative Value Unit Accumulation Among Physicians

The Relationship Between Work Relative Value Unit Awareness and Work Relative Value Unit Accumulation Among Physicians


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Kevin Lowe, MS, Antonio C. Bianco, MD, PhD, Jeff Canar, PhD, Karin Kasdorf, MHSA, Braden Mantei, MHSA, and Brian T. Smith, MHA
 
This was a retrospective, cross-sectional study to determine whether a relationship exists between work relative value unit (wRVU) awareness and wRVU accumulation among faculty physicians. Physician wRVU awareness was obtained by a distributed survey to faculty physicians in early 2016. wRVU accumulation was pulled from a faculty productivity database. Productivity data from FY14-FY15 was used to determine wRVU accumulation relative to each respondent’s specialty-specific benchmark. Data were analyzed to investigate the nature of the relationship between awareness and accumulation. The analysis showed that physicians with above-average awareness were significantly more likely to surpass their wRVU benchmark when compared to physicians with below-average awareness. Additionally, wRVU awareness accounted for a significant percentage of the variation in wRVU output. Considering the financial importance of wRVU generation for healthcare organizations, there is a need to devote more time and resources to developing physician awareness of wRVUs.