SAMA Annual Conference 2024

Sherry Smith

Sherry Smith is the Director of Physician Payment Policy and Systems at the American Medical Association.  She is a leading expert on the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS), which is the system used to distribute fee-for-service payment to health care professionals by Medicare and other payers.  She serves as a key negotiator with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in securing acceptance of more than 95% of the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) recommendations each year.


Prior to her career at the AMA, Ms. Smith was employed by the University of Chicago Hospitals and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, with a focus on Medicare hospital payment policy.  Ms. Smith obtained her Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Administration at the University of Illinois and her Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting from Western Illinois University.  She is a certified public accountant.