Friday, January 12, 2024

AMA Makes Big Upgrade to RVU Subscription Database

 For years, and for a subscription of circa $300, you could access to an online AMA "RBRVS Data Manager," an online database for the RVU system.    

For all CPT codes with RVU valuations, this database includes basic information (like office vs facility based RVUs), the most recent RUC evaluation and patient vignette, and data for practice expense components and utilization (in Medicare Part B only).  This was pretty useful for reimbursement experts but pretty dated looking (1980s style software).

Today's email brings news of a big update, and I can confirm that it's an A to Z software redesign.

I can't say the whole process is easy; you have to have an AMA account, and find the right subscription in the AMA online store, then buy it, then go to another portal to assign the subscription to yourself, and activate it, and then find the link for the RVU portal.   I confess I only manage this by having a trusty bookmark for the RVU portal, which is here after it's all set up:   

The new interface is more modern looking, and tends to show much longer longitudinal data for things like RVU history and utilization history (e.g. the RVU value of 99213 office visit, backwards from today 2024 to 1992).  

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For genetic tests (like 81162 BRCA full sequence) or other CLFS tests, you don't get any physician or RVU fields, since they don't exist, but you do get an AMA code vignette and some claims data (utilization).  For example, in 2022, BRCA testing was 20% for prostate cancer (where it guides some drug choices).  For 81528 (Cologuard), 2022 utilization was 536,409 cases and 61.5% female and 0.5% over age 85.  


Here's the AMA announcement email:

From: Vanessa Prieto  
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2024 at 08:27:07 AM PST
Subject: Exciting News: Unveiling the Enhanced RBRVS DataManager Online!

Dear Valued RBRVS DataManager Online User,

 We hope this message finds you well. We're delighted to share some exciting news with you—the launch of our newly upgraded RBRVS DataManager Online! Packed with enhanced features, this update is designed to elevate your experience and simplify your data management processes.

Accessible Anytime, Anywhere

Experience the convenience of accessing critical data from any device—be it your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Our responsive design ensures a consistent and user-friendly interface.

 Enhanced Search Capabilities

Our search functionality has undergone a transformation. The improved basic search design automatically displays all matching CPT and HCPCS Level II codes after entering the first three digits. Advanced Search and PE Search have been introduced with 20 search categories that can be combined. Advanced Search and PE Search results are sortable by clicking on table headers, providing a dynamic and customizable experience.

Comprehensive Claims Data

Stay informed with detailed ICD-10 data, Non-Facility utilization data, and additional subtabs for imaging and diagnostic services with the Professional Component/Technical Component split in the updated “Claims Data” tab.

 Innovative Features for In-Depth Analysis

Explore the new Billed Together Data tab with how often each CPT/HCPCS code is reported with other codes on the same Medicare claim. These additions aim to enhance your analytical capabilities and support informed decision-making.

 User-Friendly Design

Our responsive design ensures that the user interface adapts to your window size and device screen size, providing an optimal viewing and interaction experience.

 We invite you to explore the enhanced features of our new RBRVS DataManager Online. Your feedback is important to us, so feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.


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