Tag Archives: RVS Update Committee

The RUC, Health Care Finance’s Star Chamber, Remains Untouchable

Brian Klepper Posted 2/1/13 on The Health Affairs Blog On January 7, a federal appeals court rejected six Georgia primary care physicians’ (PCPs) challenge to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 20-year, sole-source relationship with the secretive, specialist-dominated … Continue reading

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How Primary Care Became The Job Nobody Wanted (And How To Fix It)

Brian Klepper Posted 11/21/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog Here a link on SlideServe to my plenary presentation on CMS’ relationship with the AMA’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), and how/why it has undermined American primary care. I delivered this … Continue reading

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The Most Powerful Health Care Group You’ve Never Heard Of

Brian Klepper and Paul Fischer Posted 8/06/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog Excessive health care spending is overwhelming America’s economy, but the subtler truth is that this excess has been largely facilitated by subjugating primary care. A wealth of … Continue reading

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The RUC’s Empty Gesture

Brian Klepper and Paul M. Fischer Posted 5/11/12 on Medscape Internal Medicine Recently, the leaders of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) lavished praise on the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To Primary Care Physicians

Paul M. Fischer and Brian Klepper If you agree with this letter, please redistribute, particularly to other primary care physicians. Friends: As many of you know, we have developed an effort to shine a bright light on the Relative Value … Continue reading

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Time To Quit RUC-ing Up The Health Care System

Carol Gentry First published 02/28/11 on Health News Florida If we value our family doctors, why do we pay them so much less than specialists? The Medicare payment system has been very good to physicians who use tools (scans, scalpels, … Continue reading

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