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Format: 04/19/2014
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Feds OK AGH liver transplant program

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

By Steve Twedt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has certified Allegheny General Hospital's liver transplantation program, which means Medicare and Medicaid patients - as well as those with private insurance requiring CMS certification - can have the procedure done at AGH.

CMS is a federal agency that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Since Allegheny General's liver transplant program began in 2007, 24 patients have undergone the procedure there. For insurance coverage purposes, however, Medicare and Medicaid patients were often referred elsewhere.

With the certification, "We can provide better continuity of care for our current liver patients, and offer an exceptional new choice to patients in Western Pennsylvania who are in need of advanced liver care," said Ngoc Thai, director of AGH's Center for Abdominal Transplantation and Liver Disease.


To read more, visit the Post-Gazette website.


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