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CMS Proposes New Payment Model to Expand Kidney Transplant Access

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed the new Increasing Organ Transplant Access (IOTA) Model to improve access to kidney transplants.  

What else to know: The IOTA Model would be mandatory for six years beginning Jan. 1, 2025.  

The model would provide incentives for transplant hospitals to: 

  • Maximize the use of deceased donor kidneys 
  • Improve quality of care before, during, and after kidney transplantation 
  • Create greater equity in access to a kidney transplant by addressing social determinants of health and other barriers to care 
  • Identify more living donors and assist potential living donors through the donation process 
  • Improve care coordination and patient-centeredness in the kidney transplant process 

Additional information is available in a fact sheet and on the model web page. Comments are due to CMS by July 16.  

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