NASS Insider


October 20, 2020


How to Assist in Ensuring Appropriate Medicare Payment - Completing a RUC Survey


Periodically, NASS surveys members to help develop Medicare value recommendations for new and revised CPT codes. These surveys are conducted through the AMA RBRVS Update Committee (RUC) and it is vital to have strong physician participation to ensure adequate and accurate data for developing appropriate value recommendations for spine care services and procedures.

RUC surveys are randomly distributed and NASS urges you to complete any RUC survey you receive. It is important that the information each physician respondent supplies represent the TYPICAL patient encountered, as a patient who represents the typical experience for pre-op, intra-op, and post-op work, effort, guidance, risk, and needs. RUC surveys typically take 10-15 minutes to complete and ask for detailed information on the physician work done during a service or procedure.

All of the survey responses are averaged and it is this information that forms the basis of the AMA RUC’s deliberation and decision-making. Therefore, it is important to have as many representative physician’s experiences captured in the survey data as possible to guide the RUC and to ultimately maintain patient access to care.

To assist in understanding RUC surveys, the AMA has put together the following short instructional videos.

Understanding the RUC Survey Instrument - Physician Services Without a Global Period

Understanding the RUC Survey Instrument - Surgical Services

Additionally, the AMA has developed a booklet with detailed information on the RUC process.

For questions or more information, please contact Allison Waxler, [email protected].
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