We need your involvement! ACC and ASE will jointly be sending out a request for the AMA Specialty Society/ Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) in the next few days. Under review are codes that describe transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). If you perform these services and receive the survey – please take a few minutes to complete it.
The AMA advocates for fair and accurate valuation for all physician services within the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS). To ensure that physician services across all specialties are well-represented, the AMA established the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). The RUC makes recommendations regarding valuation for new and revised Common Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ASE actively participates in the RUC process, and as part of that process, you may be asked to participate in a survey to help value a CPT code. Familiarity with the survey instrument and methodology is essential for accurate completion of a survey and has important implications for code valuation. Survey instruments are standardized across all specialties.
The purpose of the survey of a CPT code is to obtain estimates of:
Definition of Physician Work
Physician work does not include services provided by support staff that are employed by your practice and cannot be billed separately including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, ical secretaries, receptionists, and technicians.
Once the request is received, the Academy must follow a well-defined process with short time frames.
The major steps are:
The Survey Instrument
Although this process may seem complicated, after you complete a few surveys you will become more comfortable with the survey process.