New system will more holistically evaluate program performance.
New metrics will provide a more holistic view of patient care, are expected to reduce emphasis on post-transplant outcomes and increase the number of transplants.
In order to address patient safety concerns, the OPTN Executive Committee approved a modification of OPTN Policy 6.4: Adult and Pediatric Status Exceptions on July 11 that is now in effect.
Implementation notice: Pre-transplant HIV, HBV and HCV testing requirement updated for candidates younger than age 12
Effective July 1, testing no longer required for HIV, HBV and HCV at the time of hospital admission for transplant candidates younger than age 12.
The actions will increase the equity of access to liver transplant, and were among a number of additional measures adopted by the board.
A transition plan will allow race-neutral recalculation of certain candidates’ eGFR values and modifications to their waiting times.