Table 19RVU use by year and service categories, 1993 & 1998

Type of BeneficiaryNumber of Observations1993 RVUsNumber of Observations1998 Based on 19931998 Actual
Total RVUsOutpatientInpatientTotal RVUsOutpatientInpatientTotal RVUsOutpatientInpatient
meanmedianmeanmedianmeanmedianmeanmedianmeanmedianmeanmedianmeanmedianmeanmedianmeanmedian
All 962738.1 (.80)14.123.6 (.50)11.714.0 (.59)0.08,98644.5 (1.83)16.630.8 (1.61)14.013.1 (.54)0.049.9 (1.68)20.634.2 (1.37)17.214.9 (.62)0.0
Beneficiaries with conditions 878740.6 (.89)15.625.0 (.54)13.115.1 (.67)0.08,27746.9 (1.99)18.532.4 (1.76)15.213.8 (.58)0.052.5 (1.82)22.836.0 (1.50)18.615.7 (.67)0.0
Beneficiaries without conditions 84014.3 (1.14)2.610.4 (.69)2.63.8 (.67)0.070918.9 (1.84)3.713.2 (1.32)3.45.5 (1.26)0.021.5 (1.91)4.614.9 (1.24)4.26.3 (1.41)0.0

Note: For mean total RVUs and outpatient RVUs, the increases over time are all significant at p=0.05. The change in inpatient RVUs is not significant. For mean total RVUs and outpatient RVUs, the difference between beneficiaries with and without conditions are all significant at p=0.05. Standard errors are in parentheses.

Source: Authors' analyses of Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey.

From: 3, Decomposing the Change in Medicare Expenditures for Physicians' Services

Cover of Determinants of Increases in Medicare Expenditures for Physicians' Services
Determinants of Increases in Medicare Expenditures for Physicians' Services.
Technical Reviews, No. 7.
Buntin MB, Escarce J, Goldman D, et al.

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