I have referenced essays by the Happy Hospitalist before.There are all good but there is one that is so full of insights and such an important description of how things are that everyone should read and learn what it says. That entry is found here.
In a few hundred words you will learn what the Relative value scale of physician payments is all about, a thumbnail description of how it works and more importantly of how conscientious physicians trying to do the right thing by their patients and not be charged with fraud are complicit with their own ultimate professional demise.
Everyone also needs to read this entry by HH and this commentary by DRRich to tie all the pieces together. As long as physicians simply play the government's game they cannot win.