Transplant center must obtain organs from nearby

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal officials have denied a Memphis transplant center's request to continue obtaining organs from both a Nashville group and a Memphis group.

The Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute came under fire after performing a 2009 liver transplant for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Critics complained Methodist had an unfair business advantage because it obtained organs from both Tennessee Donor Services and the Mid-South Transplant Foundation. They also complained that a significant proportion of Methodist's patients came from outside the mid-south.

The Commercial Appeal reports that earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered Methodist to get its organs from Mid-South Transplant, which draws from a less populous region than Tennessee Donor Services.

Methodist officials said the ruling would be devastating to the transplant center and its patients.


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