There is a nationally based system (RBRVS) that gives a point value to each service we provide. These points are based on several different aspects of patient care including place of service, level of difficulty, the possibility of malpractice, time spent, etc.
Surgical procedures such as lacerations and fractures also include global packages such as a follow-up for a specific time after the procedure in their value. Our charges are based off of this point value system. Although each medical practice uses the same value system to determine their prices, it is against the law for us to share, or “price-fix”, this information with each other. This is why the same service may cost a different amount at a different doctor’s office.