DI 11052.040 Termination of Medicare Coverage Based on End-Stage Renal Disease
Medicare based on End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (R-HI and R-SMI) ends with the earliest of one of the following events:
The date of death of the beneficiary;
The last day of the 36th month following the month in which the beneficiary receives a kidney transplant, unless on or before such last day he or she receives another transplant or begins a new course of dialysis. For example, transplant occurred in 01/06, Medicare terminates 01/31/09. (Although coverage prior to 10/78 is limited to 12 months after the month of the transplant, the 12 months limitation affects only transplants occurring prior to 09/77 in light of the overlap of 12 months and 36 months coverage provision); or
The last day of the 12th month following the month in which the beneficiary terminates dialysis, unless on or before such last day, he or she receives a transplant or begins a new course of dialysis. For example, dialysis ends in 01/08; Medicare ends 01/31/09.
NOTE: If the beneficiary is entitled to Medicare as an aged or disabled beneficiary, see HI 00801.248. Subsections E-G explain when we extend drug coverage for transplants in ESRD cases.