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AMA’s RUC panel to provide minutes in limited transparency move
Modern Healthcare

The American Medical Association panel that recommends values for physician services to the CMS for DRG payment purposes, which has been widely criticized for its closed-door process, has initiated some changes in an effort to make them more transparent.

The AMA Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, commonly known as the RUC, will now publish meeting minutes and how the panel as a whole voted for individual current procedural terminology codes; how individual members voted will not be released. The information will be posted on the AMA website after the CMS releases its annual Medicare physician fee schedule. The new Medicare fee schedule typically is released around Nov. 1, but this year, because of the government shutdown, the CMS announced it may not be released until Nov. 27.