COVID-19 update: Jan. 21, 2021

COVID-19 update: Jan. 21, 2021

New requirements for COVID-19 testing data collection in DonorNet®

Beginning Jan. 27, DonorNet will require users to report if COVID-19 testing was performed on the donor. Prior to sending electronic organ offers, OPO members must answer the question, “Was COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) testing performed on the donor?” The question was added to the donor record in April 2020 and appears under the “Infectious Diseases” tab in DonorNet. Read more about the upcoming change.

Emergency policy actions remain in effect

The following measures, originally enacted as emergency policy actions and intended to be time-limited during the pandemic declaration, remain in effect for now, subject to ongoing OPTN executive committee review for their applicability and effectiveness:

  • Updates to candidate data: Transplant hospitals unable to bring candidates in for updated lab testing are allowed to use previously reported results for that candidate. This only applies to candidates already on the waiting list.
  • Modifications to reporting wait time initiation for kidney transplant candidates who are not on dialysis: Transplant programs may apply to retroactively initiate candidate’s waiting time.
  • Relax data submission requirements for follow-up forms: Required submission of some TIEDI® forms is temporarily suspended. Graft failure and death are still required to be reported during the amnesty period.

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, transplant programs have voluntarily completed more than 70 percent of the follow-up forms listed below during the period in which the data submission relaxation emergency policy has been in place:

  • Living donor follow-up form (LDF)
  • Organ-specific transplant recipient follow-up form (TRF)
  • Recipient malignancy form (PTM)

These data are critical to understanding transplant outcomes and determining any needed additions or changes to policy requirements for potential donors and recipients with a history of COVID-19.

Amnesty summary report available

UNOS has prepared a report transplant programs can access in the UNetSM data services portal to view the degree of form completion their program has currently achieved under the emergency action, as well as comparative data to put in context with transplant programs nationwide. UNOS has emailed transplant program directors and administrators with a customized summary for their program and will continue to provide periodic updates. Transplant program staff may also access the report from the data services portal by selecting Data Quality and Amnesty Summary Report.

The board strongly encourages transplant programs to continue providing these forms whenever possible. The executive committee will begin review of which data will require retrospective data submission in March and discuss potential timelines for repeal of the policy, as well as implementation of the data lock policy.

Updated daily: See the latest data on organ donation and transplant in the U.S.

High-level data on transplants, deceased donors recovered, patients added to the waitlist and patients temporarily moved to inactive waitlist status.

Public comment open: Provide your feedback

Now open until March 23. Read the policy proposals and papers, view proposal summaries, watch an educational video, and review presentations on the OPTN website. The OPTN committees value your input and consider all comments when developing final proposals to submit to the OPTN Board of Directors. Read more about the policy development process.


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Questions

For COVID-19 related policy and operational questions, email member.questions@unos.org

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