The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) is offering nine proposals for public comment beginning on Monday, January 25. Proposals include:
- Changes to adult heart allocation system to develop additional urgency stratifications based on relative waiting list mortality rates for all adult heart candidates and modify the geographic sharing scheme to provide the most medically urgent candidates access to donors from a broader geographic area.
- Changes to simultaneous liver-kidney allocation to establish medical eligibility criteria for adult candidates needing a simultaneous liver-kidney transplant.
- Establishing a national structure for review of MELD and PELD exception cases in which all liver transplant programs have an equal opportunity for representation.
- Requiring organ procurement organizations to use TransNetSM for deceased donor organ labeling and packaging.
Join the conversation
In order to promote transparency and trust in the national transplant system, comments and replies will be published on the OPTN website. A commenting tool on the website, called DisQus, will allow visitors the option to share comments on social media as well.
The deadline for feedback is March 25. The committees sponsoring the proposals review and consider every comment before developing final proposals for a vote by the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors.