A Call to Action for Physicians: Become Informed and Empowered and Begin to Heal Thyself

  • 1 Stephen J. Thomas, MD, is an infectious diseases physician-scientist who treats adults at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He chairs a basic science department and directs a global health and translational sciences institute. Along with his partners, Dr. Thomas co-founded Phairify.
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This article has been updated to include the following Correction:

The February Kidney News article “A Call to Action for Physicians: Become Informed and Empowered, and Begin to Heal Thyself” includes the statement, “The RUC [American Medical Association (AMA) Relative Value Update Committee] is a group of 32 physicians and other health care professionals who advise CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] on how to value various medical services. The advice of the RUC is nearly always accepted by CMS, yet nephrology is not currently represented on the committee.”

In reality, nephrology has access to the RUC,

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