Category Archive: CMS – Medicare

U.S. Transplant Centers’ Informed Consent Forms Are Deficient

The authors examined written informed consent forms from 148 U.S. transplant centers to assess their compliance with OPTN and CMS regulations passed in 2007.   Results:  …most centers’ evaluation consent forms do not include all CMS and OPTN requirements. Multiple items balancing donor and recipient interests and confidentiality were omitted. In addition, information about payment …

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OPTN Tries to Silence the Public’s Voice

OPTN was established by NOTA in 1984 as a membership organization to manage the US deceased organ transplant system. Living donors weren’t part of the equation until 2006 when UNOS’ Executive Director Walter Graham asked the Secretary of Health to allow OPTN to develop policies on living donation as well. OPTN is considered a Public …

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Official Report of Toledo’s Thrown Away Living Donor Kidney

Read the full report here. The following are excerpts from the report. Any and all emphasis is mine.   The clinical record review revealed Patient #9 was admitted to the facility on 08/10/12 with a diagnosis of kidney donation. A pre-operative progress note dated 08/10/12 stated the planned procedure was a right laproscopic donor nephrectomy. A review of the operative report …

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Living Kidney Donors Still Can’t Obtain Health Insurance

The NY Times blog took some time to present yet another way we living living donors are being screwed by our own generosity: some of us can’t get health insurance. (Read the article here)   What’s sad is that this problem isn’t new. NATCO (the self-proclaimed ‘organization for transplant offiicials’) issued a statement in May …

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‘Significant’ Problems at Hackensack University’s Kidney Transplant Program

The federal government found 28 “significant” deficiencies in the kidney transplant program at Hackensack University Medical Center before the hospital agreed to suspend it temporarily next month for an overhaul, according to Medicare documents.   Hackensack was threatened with closure LAST YEAR. Why was the public not informed of these deficiencies when they were found …

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