Tag Archives: Relative Value Scale Update Committee

Medicare Physician Payment: A Hollow Victory for the RUC

Brian Klepper Posted 5/18/12 on The Health Affairs Blog Copyright 2012 by Project HOPE: The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. On May 9th, William Nickerson, Senior Judge in the Southern Maryland Federal District Court, issued a 15 page ruling against the six Augusta, … Continue reading

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Should Family Physicians Leave the RUC?

Brian Klepper Posted 3/30/12 on KevinMD Last June the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) sent a letter to the AMA’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) demanding specific changes to the ways that the RUC conducts its business. Primary … Continue reading

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Response To RUC Chair Barbara Levy’s Comment on the Health Affairs Blog

Brian’s Note: Last week David Kibbe and I posted a Health Affairs Blog column, Trusting Government: A Tale of Two Federal Advisory Groups, that compared the openness and transparency of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) and the AMA’s RVS Update … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Value of Medical Services

Brian Klepper and David C. Kibbe First posted 8/1/11 on The Health Affairs Blog Copyright ©2011 Health Affairs by Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. One of American politics’ most disingenuous conceits is that health care must cost what … Continue reading

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Stifling Primary Care: Why Does CMS Still Support the RUC?

Brian Klepper, Paul Fischer and Kathleen Behan First published 5/24/11 on the Health Affairs Blog. Copyright ©2010 Health Affairs by Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. Last October, the Wall Street Journal ran a damning expose about the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), a secretive, … Continue reading

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A Primary Care Revolt

Richard Reece MD First published 4/17/11 on MedInnovation Blog An under-the-radar revolution is going on out there. It is a  revolt of primary care physicians against the AMA and CMS.  It is a request for parity with specialists.  It is … Continue reading

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A Growing Chorus On The RUC

Brian Klepper Yesterday on Kaiser Health News, Barbara Levy MD, the Chair of the AMA’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (or RUC), published a glowing defense of the RUC’s activities. Her article extols the work of the 29 physician volunteers who, “at … Continue reading

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