Should a secret panel of doctors define Medicare payment rates?

by syin

Does a secret panel of physicians handpicked by medical specialty trade groups wield too much power over Medicare fees?

That’s a question the Wall Street Journal has raised in an article on the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). That’s a panel of 29 doctors handpicked by medical specialty trade groups and convened by the American Medical Association. Its main focus is to estimate how much work a physician must do to perform a task.