Editorial Commentary: A Rigged Game—Surgeon Reimbursement Under the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale, Current Procedural Terminology, and the Affordable Care Act
© 2020 Arthroscopy Association of North America The value of surgeon procedural work is currently determined through a fee-setting process controlled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This process relies on the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) to advise the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services concerning surgical work reimbursement. This system and several other government policy decisions over the past 25 years have placed orthopaedic surgeons at great disadvantage in establishing and maintaining the value of orthopaedic surgical work. Continued reliance on the RBRVS will result in further reductions in surgical reimbursements and may affect patient access to orthopaedic services. Orthopaedic surgeons must consider moving away from the RBRVS and Current Procedural Terminology as a way of determining value and instead establish price as the value signal in orthopaedic medicine. Bundled-payment methodologies offer one mechanism for establishing price in the marketplace.
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