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Although nephrologists complete the “End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Medical Evidence Report Medicare Entitlement and/or Patient Registration” form (form 2728) 138,000 times per year, the form is underappreciated and surprisingly important (1). Form 2728 was born in 1973 out of necessity. The form is, primarily, a nephrologist's attestation to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that a patient is eligible to receive the ESRD Medicare benefits, irrespective of age and based solely on his or her diagnosis (2). However, form 2728 is also a critical point of data collection for understanding the population of

Adam Weinstein and Eileen Brewer

Health care providers eagerly anticipate the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updates to the physician fee schedule (PFS) in the Federal Register each fall. The PFS, which assigns relative value units (RVUs) to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes, is CMS's price list for physician services. The published CPT values result from thousands of hours of work by specialty society representatives (called advisors) and the 32 members of the American Medical Association (AMA)/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) (1).

Per AMA bylaws, specialty societies that meet requirements for representation in the AMA House