Check Your Inbox for an Opportunity to Participate in Important Surveys to Help Value Your Professional Services
The American Medical Association’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) works with specialty societies, like the American Academy of Audiology (the Academy), to develop and propose recommendations for valuation to CMS for new or revised CPT codes. To properly determine valuation for codes, the AMA RUC partners with specialty societies to conduct surveys from providers who regularly bill the codes under review. In the next few weeks, the Academy and ASHA will be distributing such surveys to a random sample of audiologists. Check your e-mail inbox for these surveys and tell your colleagues to be on the lookout for the surveys, as well. The surveys are meant to assess key elements of the service you provide including the time, intensity, and complexity of the work performed. Completing these surveys allow audiologists to take an active role in determining how audiology codes and services are valued.
For more information on the survey process view this education video from the AMA.
We strongly urge you to review the survey carefully and participate assuming you meet the requirements for taking the survey. To participate, you must be a practicing audiologist who is familiar with and regularly performs the procedure described by the CPT code. You can participate even if you don’t currently bill Medicare or other third-party payers. Remember- this is your chance to describe the professional work for the services you perform and to shape the valuation of those services. Audiologists are best qualified to communicate the value of our professional skills, cognition, and clinical judgement performed in the service under review.
We hope you will take the opportunity this summer (and anytime a survey comes to you) to give your profession a voice in the valuation process!