Leaders of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City announced February 24 that the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) has recertified all of the organ transplant programs at Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center.
The rigorous review lasted nearly four weeks and involved interviews with 49 staff members and patients from every transplant program. The CMS team examined the institution's heart, kidney, liver, pancreas, and lung transplant programs.
"Our survival rates for transplant patients are among the best in the nation," says Alan Reed, MD, director of the Organ Transplant Center. "We are very pleased to receive these approvals from CMS and continue providing these important services to Iowans and others in this region."
The CMS reviewers spoke with a wide range of faculty and staff, including facilities engineers, housekeepers, nurses, physicians, rehabilitation specialists, respiratory therapists, and social workers.
"Receiving a comprehensive recertification with absolutely no deficiencies is a tremendous achievement," adds Reed. "It's a tribute to the hard work of many people inside and outside the transplant programs, the serious thought we put into the quality of the programs, the spirit of collaboration that permeates our culture, and a marvelous example of excellent multidisciplinary patient care."
The news follows on the heels of an announcement that the heart transplant program ranked first among its national peers for successful outcomes.