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COVID-19

COVID-19 update: July 21, 2022

New FDA announcements on Paxlovid and Novavax vaccine, Adjuvanted; Summer 2022 regional meetings to be in-person

COVID-19 update: July 8, 2022

CDC’s interim recommendations for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for children from 6 months of age; FDA recommends Omicron BA.4/5 component for vaccine boosters

Data report: Liver-intestine

Two-year monitoring report for liver, intestine policy shows success in key aspects

Report details outcomes since policy implementation in February 2020.

Public comment is part of the policy development process

Public comment open from Aug. 3 through Sept. 28, 2022

The OPTN is offering 15 items for review, including one white paper, one committee update, three concept papers, and 10 policy proposals.

1 year monitoring: 16% increase in kidney transplants

Kidney monitoring data shows 16% increase in transplant

Aimed at increasing equity, a report on new allocation policy shows increases in transplant among key populations.

UNOS Organ Center: 0 interruptions to service over four decades

Four decades of lifesaving work: the Organ Center turns 40

The F.M. Kirby Foundation Organ Center is celebrating its 40th year of continuous operation without any service interruptions

OPTN Board approves improvements to medical urgency scoring of liver transplant candidates

The actions will increase the equity of access to liver transplant, and were among a number of additional measures adopted by the board.

Illustration of equity: three people reaching for apples

OPTN Board approves elimination of race-based calculation for transplant candidate listing

The action, to take effect July 27, will ensure that all candidates are consistently assessed in an equitable fashion.

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2023-2024 Call for Nominations for OPTN Board of Directors and Committees

Apply by Sept. 30 to be considered for 2023 vacancies.

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Kidney – Pancreas

Policy change impacting KPD eligibility coming Aug. 30

Changes to HLA and unacceptable antigen options will go into effect Aug. 30, as well as changes to the equivalences used for HLA matching and screening of unacceptable antigens between candidates and donors.

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Liver – Intestine

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Heart – Lung

Emergency action: New exception pathway for heart device recalls

This new policy will allow transplant programs to submit an exception request on behalf of adult heart transplant candidates for a Status 1, 2 or 3 exception without requiring hospitalization if the FDA has recalled their implanted mechanical circulatory support device.

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VCA

Improving the system together

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Martha Pavlakis, M.D.

“… policy is the living, breathing expression of group values.”

Martha Pavlakis, M.D. on new policies that put patients first

Policy changes

Updates to data submission policy coming Aug. 30

Effective Aug. 30, new requirements under revisions to OPTN Policy 18: Data Submission Requirements include a data lock provision to make changes to any of the eight TIEDI forms.

Policy change impacting KPD eligibility coming Aug. 30

Changes to HLA and unacceptable antigen options will go into effect Aug. 30, as well as changes to the equivalences used for HLA matching and screening of unacceptable antigens between candidates and donors.

Policy monitoring

Learn: Collaborative improvement and educational resources

Collaboration

Education

Learn about issues impacting patients, donors, donor families, and the national system. Issues and advocacy

Perspectives

From UNOS leaders

From the community

“For us and everyone else in the transplant community, the ultimate form of equity means providing a transplant for every single patient that needs one.”

Read more

The liver allocation policy is a success we need to share: Terry Box, M.D., liver recipient

Box’s op-ed highlights how effective policy development is resulting in sicker patients getting liver transplants faster.

Dr. Vincent Casingal

Driving toward optimal equity: Vincent Casingal, M.D.

Transplant surgeon on the success of the new kidney allocation policy.

Thank you!

Thanking our community, honoring donors

A message from our CEO about a lifesaving milestone

David Klassen, M.D.

Transplant innovations for today and tomorrow: David Klassen, M.D.

UNOS chief medical officer on the innovations making a difference in transplant.

Patient safety

Emergency action: New exception pathway for heart device recalls

This new policy will allow transplant programs to submit an exception request on behalf of adult heart transplant candidates for a Status 1, 2 or 3 exception without requiring hospitalization if the FDA has recalled their implanted mechanical circulatory support device.

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Transplant hospital

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OPO

Histocompatibility

Policy change impacting KPD eligibility coming Aug. 30

Changes to HLA and unacceptable antigen options will go into effect Aug. 30, as well as changes to the equivalences used for HLA matching and screening of unacceptable antigens between candidates and donors.

Public comment was open Jan. 27 – March 23. See what the community had to say

2021 transplants

41,354

Total Transplants January - December 2021 as of 01/27/2021

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