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Composition of the RVS Update Committee (RUC)

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The RUC represents the entire medical profession, with 21 of its 31 members appointed by major national medical specialty societies. The members include those recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, those with a large percentage of physicians in patient care and those that account for high percentages of Medicare expenditures.

The RUC also includes 4 seats that rotate on a 2-year basis, with 2 reserved for an internal medicine subspecialty, 1 for a primary care representative and 1 for any other specialty. Furthermore, there are seats for the RUC chair, the co-chair of the RUC Healthcare Professionals Advisory Committee Review Board, and representatives from the AMA, American Osteopathic Association, the Chair of the Practice Expense Review Committee and CPT® Editorial Panel.

The AMA Board of Trustees selects the RUC chair and the AMA representative to the RUC. Specialty societies nominate RUC individual members, who the AMA must also approve.

American Medical Association Representative
CPT Editorial Panel Representative
American Osteopathic Association Representative
Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee Representative
Practice Expense Review Committee Representative

  • Allergy, Asthma & Immunology*
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Primary Care*
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology*
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery*

* Indicates rotating seat

Current RUC Members, Jan. 14, 2017

RUC Chairperson: Peter K. Smith, MD

American Medical Association: Michael D. Bishop, MD

CPT Editorial Panel: Kathy Krol, MD

Health Care Professional Advisory Committee: Dee Adams Nikjeh, PhD, CCC-SLP

Practice Expense Subcommittee: Scott Manaker, MD

American Academy of Dermatology: Scott Collins, MD

American Academy of Family Physicians: Walt Larimore, MD

American Academy of Neurology: Marc Raphaelson, MD

American Academy of Ophthalmology: George Williams, MD

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Dale Blasier, MD

American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery: Bradley Marple, MD

American Academy of Pediatrics: Margie Andreae, MD

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: Gregory Przybylski, MD

American College of Allergy, Ashma & Immunology: Alnook Malick, MD

American College of Cardiology: James Blankenship, MD

American College of Emergency Physicians: Jennifer L. Wiler, MD

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Gregory DeMeo, MD

American College of Physicians: M. Douglas Leahy, MD

American College of Radiology: Ezequiel Silva, MD

American College of Rheumatology: Timothy Laing, MD

American College of Surgeons: Christopher Senkowski, MD, FACS

American Geriatrics Society: Alan Lazaroff, MD

American Osteopathic Association: David F. Hitzeman, DO

American Psychiatric Association: Ronald Burd, MD

American Society of Anesthesiologists: Stanley Stead, MD

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: James C. Waldorf, MD

American Urological Association: Norman Smith, MD

College of American Pathologists: Jimmy Clark, MD

Primary Care Seat: Julia Pillsbury, DO

Society for Vascular Surgery: David C. Han, MD

Society of Thoracic Surgeons: Verdi DiSesa, MD

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