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Reimbursement for living kidney donor follow-up care: how often does donor insurance pay?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23060280     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: Currently, many transplantation centers do not follow former living kidney donors on a long-term basis. Several potential barriers have been identified to provide this follow-up of former living kidney donors, including concerns that donor insurance will not reimburse transplantation centers or primary care physicians for this care. Here, we report the rates at which different insurance companies reimbursed our transplantation center for follow-up visits of living donors.
METHODS: We collected data on all yearly follow-up visits of living donors billed from January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2010, representing 82 different donors. Concurrent visits of their recipients were available for 47 recipients and were used as a control group.
RESULTS: We find that most bills for follow-up visits of living kidney donors were paid by insurance companies, at a rate similar to the reimbursement for recipient follow-up care.
CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that, for former donors with insurance, inadequate reimbursement should not be a barrier in providing follow-up care.
Authors:
Ajay Kher; James Rodrigue; Maria Ajaimy; Marcy Wasilewski; Keren Ladin; Didier Mandelbrot
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Transplantation     Volume:  94     ISSN:  1534-6080     ISO Abbreviation:  Transplantation     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-20     Completed Date:  2013-04-01     Revised Date:  2014-02-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0132144     Medline TA:  Transplantation     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1049-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Health Care Costs / statistics & numerical data
Humans
Insurance, Health, Reimbursement / economics*,  statistics & numerical data
Kidney Transplantation / economics*,  statistics & numerical data
Living Donors*
Male
Middle Aged
Physicians, Primary Care / economics
Retrospective Studies
Tissue and Organ Procurement / economics
Transplantation
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
R01 DK085185/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; R01DK079665/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; R01DK085185/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS
Comments/Corrections
Comment In:
Transplantation. 2012 Nov 27;94(10):988-9   [PMID:  23085622 ]

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