productivity and performance measures, provider compensation, RBRVS, RVUs



  1. Glass, Kathryn P. MBA, MSHA
  2. Pieper, Lisa E. MBA, MSHA
  3. Berlin, Mark F. MHA, MBA


Measuring productivity is important for determining appropriate physician compensation, as indicated by the current emphasis on benchmarking. A combination of benchmarking and individual profiling data may prove useful for developing productivity-based compensation plans. However, while tying physician compensation to multiple indicators is prudent, it is also cumbersome, since indicator values may not be comparable. A compensation model that scales indicators to a common measure, such as a relative value scale, may allow the visual representation of resource utilization, and peer comparisons can assist in adjusting to the accountability demanded by managed care.