Medicare Coverage for Immunosuppressive Drugs Could Save Money

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Extending Medicare coverage for immunosuppressive drugs through the life of a kidney transplant could reduce the costs of a patient’s care by $3163 while improving their quality of life, according to research presented at Kidney Week 2019.

Using a Markov model and data on posttransplant outcomes from US patients with Medicare and private insurance coverage, Matthew Kadatz, MD, a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Nephrology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and his colleagues analyzed the cost effectiveness of extending Medicare coverage for the life of a kidney transplant. Currently, Medicare only covers immunosuppressive drugs for