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ISIS Represented at the AMA RUC Meeting

Thursday, May 16, 2013  
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Dr. Christopher Merifield represented ISIS members at the AMA Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) on April 25-27, 2013. RUC is an advisory body to CMS, and reviews medical procedures and provides Relative Value Unit (RVU) recommendations to CMS. Historically, CMS has accepted 95% or more of the RUC Value recommendations.


Additionally, a RUC workgroup continues to develop screens that are designed to identify codes which may be potentially "misvalued” based on assumptions about trends such as utilization growth; the RUC workgroup determines whether their current value is appropriate.


ISIS remains actively involved with both CPT and RUC processes of the AMA. Our representatives are present at every meeting to provide input and justification for proper values of interventional spine codes.

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