​Financial Authorization for Living-Donor Liver Surgery

Prior to the pre-liver-donation evaluation, we assign potential liver donors a dedicated UPMC transplant credit analyst.

Your credit analyst will financially clear you for liver donation surgery.

Before undergoing the donation process, you should have a strong support system and financial resources in place. You may incur some health care costs and be away from work for weeks to months after surgery.

Paying for Living-Donor Testing and Liver Surgery

UPMC provides liver donors with a living-donor insurance card, which includes information about registration and billing.

You will be able to use this card to pay for the pre-donation testing.

You should not be held responsible for payment of potential living-donor testing. You are, however, responsible for annual health maintenance and clearance for any pre-existing conditions.

To be approved for liver donation surgery by our multidisciplinary transplant team, your credit analyst will need to collect insurance authorization. If cleared for liver donation, your living-donor transplant nurse coordinator will work with you and the recipient to set a date for surgery.

Financial Assistance for Living-Liver Donors

UPMC takes part in the National Living-Donor Assistance Center's program to help living donors pay for travel, lodging, and meal expenses incurred during the evaluation and transplant process.

To qualify for this program, you and the liver transplant recipient must meet certain income criteria, and be willing to share your financial information with the transplant center.

Contact Us

In the event that you receive bills related to donor testing, or have questions regarding billing, please call 412-864-3138.
 

You Have An Advocate

If cleared to donate an organ, UPMC will assign an independent living-donor advocate to act on your behalf.

The living-donor advocate helps ensure you're aware of what it means to be a living donor and the risks of the transplant surgery.

He or she will also voice any of your concerns to the liver transplant team.

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