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Pancreas Transplants

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Delmonico, Francis Title: President
Organization: United Network for Organ Sharing
Date: 02/26/2006

Re: Comments Regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposed Decision Memorandum Related to Coverage for Pancreas Transplantation Alone

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We very much support CMS’ proposed decision to cover pancreas transplantation alone (PTA), in addition to transplantation of the pancreas simultaneously with and following kidney transplantation. The following brief preamble to our comments explains our role in organ procurement and transplantation


Karathanasis, Ashley Date: 02/25/2006

On behalf of our team at the University of Kentucky Transplant Center, we are in support of the Pancreas Transplant Coverage proposal. The IPTR has analyzed the data and shows that PTA is a valid treatment for brittle type I DM.

Rizza, M.D., Robert A. Title: President, Medicine & Science
Organization: American Diabetes Association
Date: 02/24/2006

The American Diabetes Association is pleased to comment on the Proposed Decision Memo for Pancreas Transplants (CAG-00295R).

Pancreas transplants can significantly improve the quality of life for people with type 1 diabetes by eliminating the need for insulin therapy, frequent blood glucose testing, and dietary restrictions. They can also eliminate acute, life-threatening hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes in diabetes patients, as well as prevent long-term diabetes complications