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RVS Update Committee (RUC)

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Purpose/Mission

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/RUC 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 2 weeks prior to each meeting to ensure space availability.

RUC Recommendations, Minutes and Voting
RUC recommendations will be published after the annual release of the Medicare Physician Payment Schedule Proposed Rule. The RUC vote for each individual CPT® code and the RUC minutes (rationale) will be published after the annual release of the Medicare Physician Payment Schedule Final Rule.

Additional RUC Information

An Introduction to the RUC (PDF)

The RVS Update Process Booklet (PDF)

Composition of the RUC  

Improvements to the RUC (PDF)

Progress of the Relativity Assessment Workgroup (PDF)

The RUC and Primary Care (PDF)

Contact Information

For more information on the RUC or the RBRVS, please either download the AMA Specialty Society RVS Update Process Booklet (PDF) or contact:

Physician Payment Policy and Systems
American Medical Association
330 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 39300
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Phone: (312) 464-4736
Email: [email protected]

Additional Medicare Payment Information

The Medicare Physician Payment Schedule: See an overview of the Medicare Physician Payment Schedule and how it is developed.

Overview of the Resource-based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS)

Medicare RBRVS: The Physicians' Guide: Take a closer look at the most essential publication regarding Medicare physician payment.

Medicare Physician Payment Reform and Regulatory Relief:
As the leading force in Washington for Medicare reform, the AMA will be relentless in the battle to replace the flawed Medicare physician payment formula.

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