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St. Luke’s Won’t Appeal End Of Medicare Funding For Heart Transplant Program

The hospital plans to apply for certification later this year.

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center.
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center has withdrawn its appeal of the government’s decision to stop Medicare funding for the hospital’s heart transplant program, the Houston Chronicle reported on Wednesday.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) canceled reimbursement funding for the program last summer after a Chronicle and ProPublica investigation revealed high rates of patient deaths and other problems within the transplant program.

Baylor St. Luke’s said in a statement the hospital administration decided to “voluntarily withdraw our administrative appeal with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.” The statement said the hospital is “focused on rebuilding the heart transplant program” and plans to apply for CMS certification later this year through standard procedures, and adds that surgeons are performing heart transplants at the hospital. 

The hospital has made several top level changes in the past few months. In October, it announced the hiring of a new chief of transplantation and a new surgical director for the heart transplant program.

In January, T. Douglas Lawson was appointed as the new president of the medical institution.

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