Published in Women's Health Weekly, March 24th, 1997
In a comparison of gender-specific surgical procedures, male-specific procedures, such as prostatectomy, were reimbursed at a 44 percent higher rate overall than female-specific procedures, such as hysterectomy. Researchers conducted this study to evaluate discrepancies in federal reimbursement for gender-related procedures and assess the financial impact of any gender bias.
In 1992, Congress implemented a Medicare payment system based on the relative value unit (RVU). The total RVU...
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