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November 20, 2019

Varying Estimations of Surgical Work Value Units

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  • 1Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(2):178. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.4644

In Reply We thank Bakaeen et al and Nichols et al for their interest in our work. Our study1 assessed how work relative value units (wRVUs) are associated with objective measures obtained from a national registry. We concluded that objective measures can accurately predict wRVUs, driven predominantly by operative time. However, there remain differences across specialties that cannot be explained with these data.

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