- Rheumatology has a voice on policy: The ACR has a place in the AMA House of Delegates, which is the policy-making body of the AMA.
- Rheumatology is represented in CPT discussions: The ACR has a voice as CPT codes are being developed and modified. Without a seat, the ACR has no role in CPT discussions and changes.
- Rheumatology is represented in reimbursement discussions: The ACR has a seat on the Relative Value Scale Update Committee, which makes recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding reimbursement for CPT codes.
- Rheumatologists become advocates: The AMA has the strongest lobby for organized medicine.
With approximately 250,000 members, the AMA is the largest association of physicians in the United States. Among medical societies, its voice is the loudest, its visibility the greatest, and its influence over medical issues the largest. Allow the voice of rheumatology to be heard on CPT issues, in the Relative Value Scale Update Committee, in the House of Delegates, and on federal issues. For an application to join AMA, visit the AMA Web site at www.ama-assn.org.