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CMS' OPO regs will result in $1.38 billion in life years saved-GAO report.

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has filed a report with Congress indicating it agrees with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that the final rule regulating organ procurement organizations will result in $1.38 billion in savings in terms of life years saved by Americans.

The analysis of the Department of Health and Human Services CMS' final rule for "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Conditions for Coverage of Organ Procurement Organizations" was required by federal law. Here are the GAO findings.

(i) Cost-benefit analysis

"CMS performed a cost-benefit analysis of the final rule. CMS states that the first-year cost of implementing the final rule would be $4,815,182, and the average first-year cost to each of the 58 certified OPOs is approximately $83,000.

The benefits of the final rule would be increased organ donation and transplantation with the results of life years gained, improvements in quality of life, resumption of employment for some patients, and an increase in access to dialysis as more patients receive kidney transplants. CMS has calculated the benefit of $1.38 billion in terms of life years saved, which it did not include in the cost analysis.

The total estimated impact of this rule, assuming a 2 percent increase in organ transplants, is $66 million in the first year and $247 million over 5 years. Assuming that Medicare transplants comprise 55.3 percent of all transplants, the estimated impact of the rule on the Medicare program is $37 million in the first year and $136 million over 5 years."

GAO also found the CMS final rule complied with all other "applicable requirements" section 801 (a) (2) (A) of title 5 of the United States Code.

The report was provided to Congress in a letter dated June 14, 2006.
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Title Annotation:Government Accountability Office; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Comment:CMS' OPO regs will result in $1.38 billion in life years saved-GAO report.(Government Accountability Office )(Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services )
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Date:Jun 30, 2006
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