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Medicare Policy Change Could Increase Inequity in Heart Transplant Access, Study Finds

January 11, 2023


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5-15 mins
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A heart transplant and a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) can be lifesaving when a patient has severe heart failure. LVADs continue to improve, however, heart transplant remains the gold standard therapy for end-stage heart failure. A new Michigan Medicine study finds that a change to Medicare policy surrounding heart transplants may lead to increased inequities in access to transplants for patients with heart failure.

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