Session Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Presentation Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Hall C & D
*Purpose: Report on the wide variation across OPOs in the cost of kidney recovery from deceased donors.
*Methods: Cost reports (CMS 216-94 Form) from 52 Independent OPOs (a practical census) for 5-years were averaged to obtain mean cost and mean counts of recovered viable kidneys for each OPO. The 7 lowest and 9 highest OPOs ranked by cost were displayed on a US map.
*Results: The lowest costing OPO reported average for the 5-years was $26,000 (kidney count 321) while the highest was $48,000 (kidney count: 104). The median cost was: $35,000. The average count of kidneys procured/yr. varied from 73 to 827.
*Conclusions: The variation on cost per kidney deserves more analysis which could lead to a better understanding of why costs vary so, what might be learned to reduce costs, and whether there are relationships among cost, organ quality, organs retrieved, and OPO performance measures.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Roberts JP, Bragg-Gresham J, Held PJ. Costs of Kidney Recoveries Varies Dramatically across Organ Procurement Organizations [abstract]. Am J Transplant. 2019; 19 (suppl 3). https://atcmeetingabstracts.com/abstract/costs-of-kidney-recoveries-varies-dramatically-across-organ-procurement-organizations/. Accessed December 4, 2020.
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