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ISIS Represented at the CPT and RUC Meetings

Thursday, January 26, 2012  
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Drs. Scott Horn and Claire Tibiletti represented ISIS at the AMA CPT Editorial Panel Meeting which took place on February 10-12. The CPT Editorial Panel is a multi-specialty committee, in charge of the development and revisions of CPT codes. At this meeting, ISIS was actively involved in discussions of coding issues related to sacroiliac injections, radiofrequency procedures, peripheral field stimulation, neurostimulator codes and other issues affecting inteventional spine procedures.

Dr. Christopher Merifield represented ISIS at the AMA Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) meeting February 3-6, 2011. RUC is an advisory body to CMS, charged with assigning relative value units (RVUs); which, in turn, determine the payment levels by CMS for each CPT code. Historically, CMS has accepted 96% or more of RUC’s value recommendations.

ISIS assures physician volunteer and staff representation at each CPT and RUC meeting, in order to provide knowledgeable input, when coding and value decisions that affect ISIS members are discussed. To read more about the importance of this involvement please click here.

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