Read the latest news releases and articles from the Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network below:
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
HRSA launched the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Modernization Initiative to better serve the needs of patients and families.Read the press release
New kidney, pancreas allocation policies in effect
Monday, March 15, 2021
Projected to increase equity in access for candidates nationwide.
Updated Median MELD at Transplant scores take effect March 31
Friday, March 12, 2021
Scores calculated twice each year.
Provide your input for potential refusal code revisions
Monday, March 8, 2021
The Data Advisory Committee is working to provide recommendations to the OPTN Board of Directors on updating refusal codes used by transplant programs and OPOs. Learn more and provide input.
COVID-19 “Amnesty” status will end for all follow-up forms due on or after April 1; Retrospective forms due July 1
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Action follows Executive Committee review of transplant hospital progress.
March 15 policy implementation: Removal of DSA from kidney and pancreas allocation
Monday, March 1, 2021
New distance-based approach includes changes to released organ allocation, medical urgency prioritization for kidney candidates and allocation of organs recovered in Alaska.
Summary of evidence report details experience with COVID-19
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
The latest information known for minimizing the risk of donor-derived COVID-19 transmission while maximizing donor utilization.
February 24 webinar addresses new policies aligning with PHS guideline
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Program will address member questions relating to the policies.
Implementation of kidney and pancreas policies
Friday, February 12, 2021
Expected date of implementation.
Updated National Liver Review Board guidance in effect
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Guidance updated relating to candidates with polycystic liver disease.
OPTN to study data collection to related social determinants of health
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Feasibility study could cast a new light on health disparities research.
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