When Medicare transitioned to a physician payment system based on the resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS) in 1992, the AMA anticipated the effects of this change and formulated a multispecialty committee. This committee, known as the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC), provides medicine a voice in shaping Medicare relative values.
The RUC is a unique multispecialty committee dedicated to describing the resources required to provide physician services which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) considers in developing Relative Value Units (RVUs).
Although the RUC provides recommendations, CMS makes all final decisions about what Medicare payments will be.
News and events
CPT® Editorial Panel & RUC Meetings & Calendar
View the calendar for the CPT Editorial Panel process and the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update process. Requests to attend the RUC meeting must be made at least one month prior to each meeting to ensure space availability.
RUC recommendations, minutes & voting
RUC recommendations, RUC minutes and the RUC vote for each individual CPT® code will be published after the annual release of the Medicare Physician Payment Schedule Proposed Rule.
Additional RUC information
- An introduction to the RUC (PDF)
- RVS update process booklet (PDF)
- RBRVS and RUC process (PDF)
- RVS process improvements (PDF)
- Progress of the relativity assessment workgroup (PDF)
- The RUC and primary care (PDF)
For more information on the RUC or the RBRVS:
Physician Payment Policy and Systems American Medical Association 330 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 39300 Chicago, Illinois 60611 (312) 464-4736 [email protected]