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The RUC (Again): Is there a Light at the End of the Tunnel? A Conversation with Brian Klepper

David Harlow Posted August 13, 2013 on HealthBlawg Recently, there were a couple of breathless articles about the RUC (Relative Value Scale Update Committee) published in The Washington Post and The Washington Monthly, reporting as news the state of affairs that has prevailed … Continue reading

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The RUC Is Bad Medicine: It Has To Go

Brian Klepper Posted 8/12/13 on Medscape Business of Medicine “One of the biggest mistakes we made … is that we took the RUC … back in 1992 and gave it to the AMA. … It’s incredibly political, and it’s just … Continue reading

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Why Congress Should Pass The Accuracy In Medicare Physician Payment Act

Brian Klepper and Paul Fischer Posted 8/09/13 on The Health Affairs Blog With the recent release of two mainstream exposes, one in the Washington Post and another in the Washington Monthly, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) medical procedure valuation franchise, the Relative Value … Continue reading

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Strengthening Primary Care With a New Professional Congress

Brian Klepper Posted 10/01/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog Three months ago a post on this blog argued that America’s primary care associations, societies and membership groups have splintered into narrowly-focused specialties. Individually and together, they have proved unable to resist decades … Continue reading

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Who Will Speak For Physicians and Their Patients?

Brian Klepper Posted 8/29/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog Dr. George Lundberg has an important article on Medpage Today that deserves the thoughtful consideration of every American physician. He argues that the American Medical Association, a successful and representative organization for many … 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 care … Continue reading

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Who Will Pay For the Doc Pay Fix?

Merrill Goozner Published 11/25/11 in the Fiscal Times Holiday cheer and bipartisan bonhomie are still possible on Capitol Hill. For evidence, one need only look at the so-called “doc fix,” where Congress every year overrides a previous effort at health … 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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Dealing Strategically With the RUC to Boost Family Physician Payment

Lori Heim First posted 7/13/11 on AAFP News Now Brian’s Note: Regular readers will recall that in January, David C. Kibbe and I wrote a piece calling on America’s primary care societies to quit the RUC, the secretive, specialist-dominated AMA … Continue reading

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In Case You Can’t Remember Who Controls the Health Care Discussion in DC

Found this on the Society for Hospital Medicine’s site. Well known information, but worth seeing from time to time. The Center for Responsive Politics does us all a great service.

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The AMA’s Spin

Brian Klepper In case you don’t believe the AMA takes challenges to its role as CMS’ sole advisor on medical procedure valuation seriously, check out this letter that was sent by 2009 RUC Chair William Rich MD and RUC Chair-Elect … Continue reading

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The RUC’s Defense

Brian Klepper On Wednesday, 47 American medical specialty societies sent Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) a letter, with copies to all members of Congress, containing a detailed defense of the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). For … Continue reading

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