Rep. Jim McDermott Questions MedPAC Chair Glenn HackBarth About the RVS Update Committee (RUC)

Regular readers will know that I have been part of a campaign to make the impacts of the RUC known, to urge primary care physicians to demand that their medical societies abandon participation in the RUC, and to encourage employer groups to collaborate with primary care in opposing it.

An ally in this effort is Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), a psychiatrist, who recently published an important article in New England Journal of Medicine, Harnessing Our Opportunity to Make Primary Care Sustainable, that made a forceful argument for replacing the RUC. In this video, Rep. McDermott questions Glenn Hackbarth, JD, the Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) about the RUC’s corrosive practices.

BTW, the chart that Rep. McDermott shows at the outset is the one developed for our site, Replace  the RUC.