409.18 Services related to kidney transplantations.§ 409.18 Services related to kidney transplantations.
(a) Kidney transplants. Medicare pays for kidney transplantation surgery only if performed in a renal transplantation center approved under subpart U of part 405 of this chapter.
(b) Services in connection with kidney donations. Medicare pays for services related to the evaluation or preparation of a potential or actual donor, to the donation of the kidney, or to postoperative recovery services directly related to the kidney donation -
(1) If the kidney is intended for an individual who has ESRD and is entitled to Medicare benefits or can be expected to become so entitled within a reasonable time; and
(2) Regardless of whether the donor is entitled to Medicare.