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Medicare Rules Make Offsite Organ Recovery Costly
Health Leaders Media

Many hospitals with transplant programs are refusing to allow brain-dead organ donors to be transported to more efficient off-site organ recovery centers citing a federal rule they say would cost them millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursement.

“This rule has a significant financial impact to transplant centers that are also medium or large donor facilities,” says Deb Maurer, administrator of the transplant program at UPMC in Pittsburgh.

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