North Shore LIJ Transplant Center Team Earns Praise After Surprise CMS Survey Visit

MANHASSET, NY – The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recertified the North Shore-LIJ Kidney Transplant Center after conducting a surprise survey visit last week.

The CMS survey team praised the “quality structure” of the Manhasset-based transplant program, recommending that it be presented as a “best practice” at an upcoming national conference.

“We are pleased, but not surprised, that the CMS survey was a resounding success,”  said Alessandro Bellucci, MD, executive director at North Shore University Hospital, where North Shore-LIJ surgeons have performed 204 kidney transplants since the program was launched in 2007. “We continue to grow this program to the size and scope needed to meet the needs of patients throughout the region. The successful CMS survey reaffirms the strength of our leadership and the exceptional professionalism of every member of our team.”

The purpose of the recertification survey was to determine if the hospital’s transplant program meets the requirements for re-approval to perform organ transplants. The requirements focus on an organ transplant center’s ability to perform successful transplants and deliver quality patient care, as evidenced by outcomes and sound policies and procedures.

“On behalf of transplant nephrologist Dr. Madhu Bhaskaran and surgical director Dr. Ernesto Molmenti, I thank everyone for all their hard work and diligence in making the CMS Renal Transplant Survey a huge success,” said Nicole M. Ali, MD, the transplant program's medical director. “A flawless survey is quite rare and it takes a terrific team to accomplish such a feat."

The transplant program is required to have written policies and procedures that address care management for transplant patients and living donors.  The program must be following these policies and procedures.  The frequency for these surveys is every 4 ½- 5 years.

“This really is a team effort,” said Christine Palms, assistant vice president pre-renal transplant. “We are proud of our multi-disciplinary team approach.”



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