Nev. Kidney Center Loses Federal Certification

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Four months after becoming the state's only kidney transplant program, University Medical Center has been stripped of its Medicare and Medicaid certification.

UMC was notified Thursday in letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that its certification for the transplant center will be revoked effective Dec. 3.

That means the hospital will not receive any payments for transplant services on or after that date, effectively closing the program.

The letter says the program was revoked because it did not meet required patient survival outcomes based on surveys conducted in March and August.

A spokesman for the federal program says the hospitals death rate for kidney transplant recipients is more than 50 percent higher than expected.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-25-08 1343EDT

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