On Wednesday, POLITICO Magazine published a story about one primary care physician's crusade against a "secret committee" run by the American Medical Association that made "health care more expensive for everyone." The committee, the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, known as the RUC, "advises the government on the amount of time, skill and effort that a doctor spends on a given task, and how much that effort should be compensated by Medicare." On Thursday, the AMA published a response to the article that accused the author and editors of disregarding "sound and factual information" about the RUC.
"The truth is that the RUC does not control the Medicare payment system, nor does it set rates for medical service," the association wrote. "The regulatory process affords hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes, private health insurers and others the same opportunity that the RUC has to provide input into the policies that determine Medicare payment rates." The AMA's full response: http://bit.ly/VJ11Op