April 29, 2021

Radiology News from the Virtual April RUC Meeting

The American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) meeting took place virtually April 21–24. The meeting marked the first under the leadership of Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, Chair of the RUC. Dr. Silva was elected to a two-year term as RUC Chair.

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) was represented by Lauren Golding, MD, ACR RUC Advisor, and Andrew Moriarity, MD, ACR Alternate RUC Advisor. William Donovan, MD, MPH, served as the Radiology RUC panel member, and Kurt Schoppe, MD, was the Alternate Radiology RUC panel member.

Michael Booker, MD, Radiological Society of North America RUC Advisor since 2018, was nominated in March to the RUC’s Practice Expense Subcommittee. This was his first meeting serving on the subcommittee.

No radiology codes were surveyed during the April meeting, however, several code families related to evaluation and management (E/M) were addressed; RUC discussions are confidential. The E/M code families will be reviewed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for implementation in the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The October 2021 RUC survey cycle will begin in June.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Stephanie Le at sle@acr.org or 1-800-227-5463, ext. 4584.