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Medicare RBRVS: The Physicians’ Guide 2017



Medicare RBRVS: The Physicians’ Guide 2017
The 26th edition of Medicare RBRVS: The Physicians’ Guide 2017 provides the much-needed
updated information on the new 2017 Medicare Physician Payment Schedule, payment rules,
conversion factor, CPT and HCPCS RVUs, and GPCIs that affect the physician practice. This book
is a must-have tool for physician practices because it offers invaluable insight and information
needed to understand Medicare’s resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS) payment system,
and to help physician practices establish physician charges and to calculate Medicare payments.


• Updated payment rules and conversion factor — covers new payment rules
that take effect in 2017
• CPT coding changes for 2017 and updated RVUs for 2017 CPT® codes
• Calculate and establish physician charges using RBRVS relative values
• Calculate Medicare Physician Payment Schedule — with updated payment
calculations and information on appropriate use of CPT modifiers
• Critical insight into the RBRVS system — detailed background information
on the RBRVS system, an in-depth explanation on the key components and
operation of the payment system, geographic adjustments, conversion factors
and limits on physician charges
• List of RVUs for CPT- and HCPCS-coded procedures and services
• List of RVUs for anesthesiology services
• List of geographic practice cost indices (GPCIs; pronounced as “gypsies”) for
each for each Medicare payment locality: Physician Work; Practice Expense; and
Malpractice Insurance
• Calculate Medicare payments with every element of the 2017 RVUs: Physician
Work; Practice Expense (Facility and Nonfacility); Professional Liability Insurance
• Detailed discussion — covers the use of the RBRVS by Medicare and the
private sector, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ adoption
of the Physician Practice Information Survey Data and other Practice Expense
Methodology changes