Understanding the RUC Survey. PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY. Measure physician work involved in the new, surveyed procedure code by comparing the new procedure code to another existing CPT code. PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY. The RUC defines physician work as:
Measure physician work involved in the new, surveyed procedure code
comparing the new procedure code to
another existing CPT code
STEP 1 – Review code descriptor and vignette (a short description of the patient)
STEP 2 – Review introduction & complete contact information
STEP 3 – Identify a reference procedure
STEP 4 – Estimate your time
STEP 5 – Compare the survey procedure to a reference procedure
STEP 6 – Moderate Sedation
STEP 7 – Estimate work RVU (relative value unit)
Although contact and basic practice information may be collected, your name is never forwarded to the AMA or RUC nor used for tracking purposes.
It is extremely rare, but you may be contacted by ISIS staff if we need additional information or clarification
Hospital admission work-up.
The pre-operative evaluation may include the procedural work-up, review of records, communicating with other professionals, patient and family, and obtaining consent.
Other pre-operative work may include dressing, scrubbing, and waiting before the operative procedure, preparing patient and needed equipment for the operative procedure, positioning the patient and other “non-skin-to-skin” work in the OR.
• Consultation or evaluation at which the decision to provide the procedure was made (reported with modifier -57).
• Distinct evaluation and management services provided in addition to the procedure (reported with modifier -25).
The intra-service period includes all “skin to skin” work that is a necessary part of the procedure
In this step you will be asked to compare the complexity and intensity of the new code with the reference code you selected