An article by Washington Monthly‘s Haley Sweetland Edwards has been named one of Longform.org’s best political pieces of 2013. Edwards wrote a lengthy piece for the July/August edition of the magazine detailing the inner workings of a shadowy cabal of doctors that sets reimbursement rates for medical procedures. If it sounds arcane, Edwards’ article about the┬áSpecialty Society┬áRelative Value Scale Update Committee (or RUC for short) is actually a fascinating look at what is wrong with our health care system today.

Check out the story here, and a big FishbowlDC Congratulations to Haley! Longform.org will be naming their “Most Entertaining”, “Most Popular”, and “Top Ten Overall” stories tomorrow. If any of those happen to be DC-area names -which, come on, is pretty likely -we will let you know!