Organ Recovery Centers Reduce Transplant Costs 37%
"This is where the industry is going," says Joe Weber, CORE's chief financial officer. Adds Kurt Shutterly, CORE's COO, "It's better for the OPOs, better for the hospital, and better for the families." Just on cost alone, there's a huge advantage, he says. While a cardiothoracic workup costs $30,000 at a donor's hospital, "we should be able to do that for a fraction of that cost."
While the donor is kept breathing in CORE's intensive care units, surgical teams from any of the five nearby transplant hospitals will zoom in. Then, at a precise, pre-set time multiple surgeons in one of the facility's three surgical suites, will retrieve the organs. The surgeons will take them back to their respective transplant hospitals to be placed in waiting patients by other surgeons.
Overall transplant costs are reduced because CORE can perform testing and other services more cheaply and rapidly than donor hospitals, which charge the OPO at higher rates for those services. And cold ischemic time—the time the organ is outside of its donor—is reduced, which studies suggest improves retention and viability for the recipient.
Another benefit: Surgeons and their teams don't have to spend hours waiting around for operating room time to recover those organs, nor do they have to travel long distances.
Finally, families are spared the prolonged wait, often at the bedside of the deceased patient, until the surgery begins. They will say their goodbyes and go home once the brain-dead donor's body leaves the hospital.
Operating a center that maintains a heart beat for a brain-dead donor is an expanded role for an organ procurement center, 58 of which are regionally certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to evaluate potential donors, discuss donation with family, run match lists, and arrange for recoveries. Many OPOs currently run such donor procurement centers, but only for cadaveric donation of tissue and bone, not for organ donation in a brain-dead donor.
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013
- CNO on Hospital Redesign: 'You Can't Over-Communicate'
- Carondelet to Pay $35M to Settle Fraud Allegations
- Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
- Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- CA Powers Up $80M HIE to 'Create Value in the Data'
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal