The CMS said it is warning about 35 transplant centers to improve their quality performance or risk losing their Medicare certifications. Federal regulations require transplant centers to perform a minimum number of procedures annually and achieve a minimum survival rate, but according to a Los Angeles Times review, about one in five federally funded transplant centers do not meet the federal criteria. The CMS said it is in the process of updating its transplant standards and expects to increase its oversight of such programs. It did not identify the centers that are receiving warnings. The new standards are expected to be issued by year-end, the Times reported. -- by Matthew DoBias
CMS warns transplant centers to up performance
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