Current Medicare payment policy threatens patient access to life-saving transplants. We need your help to urge Congress to pass pending legislation that would fix this problem.
Medicare rates do not cover the costs hospitals incur when providing the transplant. The financial losses incurred by transplant centers to treat Medicare patients threaten the viability and stability of transplant centers and may result in programs closing. Patients who do not have access to transplant will face expensive, likely futile alternative treatment options. In most cases, the lack of a transplant will result in death.
The legislation would require the Medicare program to pay hospitals for the acquisition of cells in the same way it currently pays hospitals for the cost of acquiring solid organs. For this change to take place in 2019, the current legislation must pass in early 2018.
Urge your Members of Congress to tell Congressional leaders to immediately pass into law H.R. 4215, “The Protect Access to Cellular Transplant (PACT) Act,” to protect access to bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cell and cord blood transplants.