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Additional information, draft agenda available for June 22 liver distribution forum

The OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee is sponsoring an educational forum June 22, 2015, at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel near Chicago-O’Hare International Airport, to seek additional public input on concepts intended to increase equity in access to liver transplantation.

The primary emphasis of the forum is to present updated simulation modeling results, other forms of data and recommendations from four ad hoc subcommittees advising the full committee. These subcommittees were formed following the September 2014 liver forum to further study key issues identified by forum participants and respondents to a questionnaire relating to liver distribution concepts.

The four ad hoc subcommittees are listed below, along with a summary of the information each is expected to present and discuss.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of the data and information expected to be presented at the forum have not yet been finalized.Please watch for additional updates. As time permits, the Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee will provide materials as available for review in advance of the forum.

The Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Metrics of Disparity & Optimization of Distribution will present updated simulation modeling data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients regarding the 4- and 8-district distribution concepts discussed at the September forum. The modeling incorporates various options for donor-recipient proximity prioritization within the 4 and 8 district concepts.

The Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Finances of Broader Sharing will present results from a questionnaire distributed to a sample of liver transplant programs to quantify the donation and transplantation charges associated with increased travel distances.

The Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Transportation and Logistics Subcommittee will share “best practice” guidance intended to help the transplant community overcome potential challenges associated with broader sharing in areas such as establishing new relationships, making liver offers, reviewing and accepting liver offers, procurement and transportation.

The Subcommittee on Increasing Liver Donation and Utilization will discuss their recommendations for overall system improvement including changes to the DonorNetSM and Waitlist management systems, expedited placement for marginal donors and collaborative efforts with outside parties to increase donation.

Forum participants are encouraged to ask questions and offer additional feedback based on the subcommittee presentations. A limited amount of time may be reserved for discussion of perspectives that have not been addressed by the subcommittees or at the September forum. The committee will consider this input in future policy development. Participants who wish to share new perspectives or concepts may submit a request by June 1 to for consideration by the committee and ad hoc subcommittee leadership.

Advance registration is required to attend the forum in person. Register now. Lunch will be provided as part of the forum for $20 per attendee.

As meeting space is limited, each liver transplant program may register up to two representatives and each organ procurement organization may register up to one representative. If there is additional meeting capacity as of June 1, member institutions may register additional representatives on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registrations will be accepted through June 8, 2015.

Attendees must cover their own travel and lodging expenses; however, a special reservation rate is available at the hotel by specifying group name “OPTN/UNOS Liver Forum.” Call the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel at 877-868-9134 for reservations.

The forum will also be available for live webinar participation. Register to participate by webinar.

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