The Penn HealthX Podcast
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The Penn Health-X Podcast focuses on the intersection of medicine and business, with an emphasis on healthcare management, entrepreneurship, and technology (H-MET). This podcast has two aims.
First, we want to highlight excellent work happening at The University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and beyond.
Second, we want to help students and those early in their medical careers understand how to become leaders in the field, and use their skills outside of strictly clinical medicine.
We intend to achieve these goals by interviewing students and faculty members who are working in the H-MET space. We also plan to discuss current events, trends and opportunities in healthcare, and other topics future healthcare leaders need to know about.
Penn Health-X is supported by the Roderick T. Wong Term Fund for Healthcare Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
32- Dr. Scott Manaker Part 2 - In Defense of the RUC
In Part 2 of my conversation with Dr. Manaker, we discuss some of the common criticisms of the RUC, and why the group is structured the way it is. Long story short, it’s an imperfect group that was designed to most effectively do the otherwise overwhelmingly gargantuan task of determining the value of the procedures physicians bill for. For more background on the RUC and Dr. Manaker, check out Part 1.
Dr. Scott Manaker is a an attending Pulmonary and Critical Care physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. I first heard about Dr. Manaker being at Penn when I fell down the rabbit hole researching a fascinating part of the U.S Healthcare system – a group called the Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, or the “RUC” for short.
Dr. Manaker is a member of this group, and I felt really privileged to be able to sit down with him and pick his brain. I think you’ll find that rather than a secret organization that is sneakily carving up the healthcare dollars and distributing them as they see fit, they are a tenacious, dedicated group of specialists who are performing difficult, painstaking, and often thank-less work.
AMA - RUC Websites
Articles Discussing RUC - some critical, some balanced
economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/10/…st=cse&_r=0Read more »