The American College of Radiology (ACR) distributed several American Medical Association/Relative Value Scale Update Committee (AMA/RUC) surveys to members this week, signaling the start of a new survey cycle for the January 2019 RUC meeting in Fort Meyers, FL.
This survey cycle includes the following code families:
• X-ray of the spine
• X-ray of the sacrum
• X-ray of the elbow and forearm
• X-ray of the heel
• X-ray of the toe
• X-ray of the skull
• X-ray of the sinuses
• X-ray of the neck
• X-ray of the pelvis
• X-ray of the upper gastrointestinal tract
• Diagnostic and therapeutic lumbar spinal puncture
• Bone biopsy trocar/needle
• Duplex scan of upper extremity arteries and veins
• SPECT CT
• Pericardiocentesis with CT guidance
This week’s surveys address several of the X-ray applications, with the remaining surveys launching within the next two weeks. We are collaborating with the Society of Interventional Radiology, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, and several other specialty societies.
All surveys will be disseminated to a random pool of ACR members. If you receive multiple surveys for the same set of codes, please only complete one. Once survey responses are collected, the ACR will analyze the survey data and create time and value recommendations for presentation at the RUC meeting. Values approved by the AMA/RUC Panel will then be relayed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for final review and valuation.
This survey cycle is particularly short. Each survey will be closed as soon as the ACR receives enough responses for each code.
Please submit your completed survey as soon as possible, if you were randomly selected to receive an AMA/RUC survey. Optimal participation from the ACR membership is imperative to collect enough data to accurately represent physician work, time, and intensity data for these radiology-pertinent procedures.
Questions may be addressed to ACR RUC staff member Christy Buranaamorn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 227-5463, ext. 5653.