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Public comment sought; Liver access for urgent candidates in Hawaii and Puerto Rico

Published on: Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The OPTN Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee seeks public comment beginning December 5, 2019, on a proposed variance to liver allocation policy for urgent transplant candidates listed at hospitals in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.  The proposed variance would create special distribution units for the state and the territory to ensure they continue to have access to non-local livers upon future implementation of the acuity circles distribution policy.

This proposal will be posted to the public comment section of the OPTN website for a special one-month comment period, closing January 9, 2020.

National webinar to present details of the Hawaii and Puerto Rico proposal

During the public comment period, there will be a national webinar to discuss details of the proposal on Wednesday, December 18th from 2:00-2:30 p.m. ET.  

Register for the webinar here:

After registering at the above link, participants will receive a confirmation email containing additional information about joining the webinar.

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