May 06, 2016

ACR Survey Informs April 2016 RUC Meeting Recommendations

The American College of Radiology (ACR) physicians and staff appreciates the participation of our members in the RUC survey process. The survey data collected in March 2016 allowed ACR RUC Advisor Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, and Alternate RUC Advisor Kurt Schoppe, MD, to present value recommendations for 28 new or revised current procedural terminology (CPT) codes at the recent American Medical Association Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee AMA/RUC Committee meeting in Chicago.

Time and value recommendations were made for the following code families, some of which required multi-specialty coordination:

  • CT chest
  • CTA of abdomen and pelvis with runoff
  • abdominal X-ray
  • chest X-ray
  • ribs X-ray
  • wrist, hand, and finger(s) X-ray
  • Selective catheter placement
  • nuclear medicine bone imaging
Daniel Wessell, MD, a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, led the presentation for the x-ray of the wrist, hand, and finger, and assisted with the ribs X-ray presentation. As the ACR’s musculoskeletal expert, he has attended four RUC meetings to support our Advisors with his clinical knowledge and experience. Jonathan Flug, MD, and H. Ben Harvey, MD, rounded out the ACR RUC Team at the April meeting.

While ACR did not survey for the radiation therapy planning codes, the ACR also supported the American Society for Radiation Oncology in their value recommendations.

The work and time recommendations approved at the RUC are confidential, and will not be finalized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services until the release of the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

With the close of the April 2016 RUC meeting, Geraldine McGinty, MD, FACR, officially rotated from the Radiology seat on the RUC Panel. She has been replaced by Dr. Silva. Dr. Schoppe has transitioned into the role of the ACR RUC Advisor.

The ACR RUC Team is looking forward to our next RUC cycle, which will kick off in the coming weeks, culminating in a meeting October 5-9 in Chicago.