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Comprehensive Reform of Physician Payment System Still
February 6, 2011
Attribution:Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPH, FACP
President, American College of Physicians
Washington-The American College of Physicians (ACP)
congratulates the RVS Update Committee (RUC) for its decision to
expand its membership to include more representation of primary
care and geriatrics. The two added seats for these fields-combined
with the existing seats for internal medicine specialists, internal
medicine subspecialists, family physicians and pediatricians-will
help ensure that the RUC has the necessary expertise from
physicians with the training, skills and experience in
comprehensive and longitudinal care of patients, especially those
with complex illnesses. We believe that this change will help
improve the accuracy and appropriateness of the relative value
process. ACP also supports the RUC's efforts to improve recognition
by Medicare of the value of physician services relating to the
management of patients with complex illnesses.
In addition to the increased primary care representation, ACP is
also encouraged by the RUC's decisions to increase transparency and
advocate for chronic care coordination. Revealing vote totals on
relative value recommendations will allow observers to better trust
the RUC process. Also, the RUC's request and ongoing efforts to
ensure that CMS appropriately recognize the care coordination
services involved in caring for patients with chronic diseases are
a step toward better aligning payment with appropriate care.
Even as we welcome and applaud the RUC's decisions, ACP will
continue to advocate for comprehensive reform of the physician
payment system to ensure accurate and fair valuation of physician
services, including moving toward better models of payment aligned
with value to the patient.
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