The RUC: A primer for neurointerventionalists

Joshua A. Hirsch, Ezequiel Silva, Gregory N. Nicola, Robert M. Barr, Jacqueline A. Bello, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, William D. Donovan

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The Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) plays a critical role in determining physician payment. When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) transitioned to paying physicians based on the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale, the American Medical Association developed this unique multispecialty committee. Physicians at the RUC determine the resources required to provide physician services and recommend appropriate payment for those services. The RUC then submits its recommendations to CMS. Physicians have thus been important in determining relative value and hence payment for the services they provide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-64
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of neurointerventional surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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