More than 80 percent of all people undergoing liver transplants at Johns Hopkins Hospital are surviving for two years after surgery -- a record that enables Medicare to cover the once-experimental operations, hospital officials said.
Hopkins is the 13th hospital nationwide to earn Medicare coverage for liver transplants since April. That was when the government added liver transplants for disabled and elderly people to the list of "reasonable and necessary" surgeries eligible for payments.
Medicare covers the surgeries for seven conditions, includin chronic active hepatitis, alcoholic cirrhosis, biliary cirrhosis and Wilson's disease. The coverage is retroactive to March 1990.