AMA Killing Primary Care

Katie Jennings in POLITICAL gets after a problem I have been harping on. The AMA and the RUC’s role in killing off primary care for decades. In my blog, “Primary Care Dissed by AMA” ,  I spelled out this issue. This committee has always been super secret. Now, under pressure, they are releasing their numbers but still no meeting notes or conflict of interest. report.  This is a 31 person committee which only recently increased the primary care representation to 7 members. This committee uses their copyrighted procedure manual (CPT) to make pricing “recommendations” to CMS which follow them 90% of the time. We should elaborate that the AMA represents only about 17% of practicing physicians.

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