This article received some notice when it was first published in August. Haley Edwards writing for Washington Monthly does a great job exposing the insider deals and duplicity of the AMA’s Relative Value Update Committee, or RUC (commonly pronounced “ruck”). This is the AMA’s committee that advices Congress on updates to physician fees.
Here is the link to the article: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/july_august_2013/features/special_deal045641.php?page=all
Given the continued inaction of CMS or the insurance companies to fix the payment disparity between primary care and the ologists, it’s worth another look. And why the AAFP continues to sheepishly continue with this distorted process continues to befuddle me.