Many articles in the popular and professional press have explained the issues associated with RBRVS, and the relationship between the RUC and CMS. It would have been inappropriate to directly re-publish them on this site, so we have provided links. Reading these pieces, along with the materials we’ve provided below, will be quick and time well spent. As additional valuable resources come to our attention, we will add to this list.
Please take a look at:
Rep. Jim McDermott MD, New England Journal of Medicine, Harnessing Our Opportunity to Make Primary Care Sustainable, 364.5, February 3, 2011. (Subscription required).
Uwe Reinhardt, New York Times, The Little-Known Decision-Makers for Medicare Physician Fees, December 10, 2010.
Anna Wilde Mathews and Tom McGinty, Wall Street Journal, Physician Panel Prescribes the Fees Paid by Medicare, October 26, 2010. (Subscription required).
Nancy Fowler Larson, Significant Discrepancies in Physician Hourly Wages Exist Across Specialties, Medscape Today, October 25, 2010.
Wilder et al., Income Disparities Shape Medical Student Specialty Choice, Robert Graham Center, Sept 2010.
Barbara S. Levy, MD (RUC Chair), AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC), American Medical Association, March 5, 2010.
Merritt-Hawkins, Who Will Save Primary Care? (Powerpoint Presentation) 2010.
Darshak Sanghavi, The Fix Is In: The hidden public-private cartel that sets health care prices, Slate, September 2, 2009.
The RBRVS and the AMA Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) Process, AMA House of Delegates, 2008. (31 slide PowerPoint presentation designed to familiarize members with the basics of the process.)
John D. Goodson, MD, Unintended Consequences of Resource-Based Relative Value Scale Reimbursement, JAMA, 11/21/2007.
Stephanie Maxwell, Ph.D., Stephen Zuckerman, Ph.D., and Robert A. Berenson, M.D., Use of Physicians’ Services Under Medicare’s Resource-Based Payments, New England Journal of Medicine, 356:1853-1861, May 3, 2007.
Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, The Widening Primary Care-Specialty Income Gap, University of California San Francisco, April 2006.