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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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Why Aren’t Primary Care Physicians More Ticked off about the RUC? An Interview with Brian Klepper

Brandon Glenn Published 4/30/13 in Medical Economics If primary care physicians have a bigger enemy than the RUC, Brian Klepper, PhD, hasn’t heard about it. The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) is a 31-physician panel that wields enormous influence … Continue reading

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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 federal advisory … 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. … 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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The Most Important 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 evidence shows … Continue reading

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Will Anyone Listen When Former CMS Chiefs Call For More Objective Physician Payment?

Brian Klepper Posted 7/7/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost On May 10th, the US Senate Finance Committee, co-chaired by Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), convened a remarkable panel of four former Administrators of the Health Care Finance Administration … Continue reading

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Medicare Physician Payment: The RUC’s Hollow Victory

Brian Klepper Posted 5/18/12 on The Health Affairs Blog On May 9th, William Nickerson, Senior Judge in the Southern Maryland Federal District Court, issued a 15 page ruling against the six Augusta, GA primary care physician plaintiffs who challenged HHS’ and CMS’ … Continue reading

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Care & Cost Merges Into The Doctor Weighs In

Brian Klepper When I began Care & Cost in December of 2010, the idea was to aggregate consistently good health care writing, and to moderate the comments to ensure a courteously professional exchange on the site. It has been a … Continue reading

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The RUC’s Empty Gesture

Brian Klepper and Paul Fischer Posted 05/11/2012 on Medscape Business of 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 (RUC) for announcing the … Continue reading

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A Health Affairs Study on Medicare Spending and the RUC

Chris Fleming Posted 5/7/12 on the Health Affairs Blog ©2012 Health Affairs by Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. To calculate physicians’ fees under Medicare—which in turn influence private payers’ decisions on how they will pay doctors—the Centers for … 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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