Coming to DonorNet® March 15: Changes to notification limits for intestine, pancreas/kidney-pancreas and kidney matches

Coming to DonorNet® March 15: Changes to notification limits for intestine, pancreas/kidney-pancreas and kidney matches
Updated Mar. 15, 2021:
Broader kidney and pancreas distribution policies now in effect. Learn more.

Audience

  • Primary OPO Administrative Directors, Primary OPO Data Coordinators
  • OPO Administrators, Data Coordinators, Organ Placement Coordinators and OPO/TXC Acceptance Call Consultants, Organ Procurement Adms/Mgrs
  • Intestine, kidney and pancreas transplant Primary Program Administrators
  • All UNet℠ users
  • Please share this notice with anyone in your organization who would benefit from this information.

Implementation date:

  • March 15, 2021

At-a-glance

Changes will be made to how electronic organ offer limits in DonorNet® are applied for intestine, pancreas/kidney-pancreas and kidney matches in their respective distance-based allocation systems. Organ procurement organizations (OPOs) should review their settings to determine if updates are needed.

Background

OPOs are able to set limits for the number of electronic organ offers that can be sent simultaneously to local candidates and/or local programs. Historically, the system defined local offers as offers to programs within the same DSA. As allocation policies transition away from the use of DSA and region, the term “local offer” is taking on new meaning. When DSA is no longer used as the first unit of allocation, candidates at the top of the match runs may include potential recipients who are beyond the DSA border.

OPOs may see increases in the maximum number of potential recipients eligible to be notified simultaneously. This change affords OPOs more flexibility to make informed decisions about how to offer organs using their own defined best practices.

Summary of changes

Intestine allocation became distance-based on Feb. 4, 2020. Beginning March 15, 2021, intestine matches will use “local” organ offer limits when sending offers to candidates who are:

  • within the DSA, or
  • within 500 NM, or
  • listed as Status 1

Kidney, pancreas and kidney-pancreas allocation becomes distance-based on March 15. At that time:

  • Pancreas/Kidney-Pancreas matches will use “local” organ offer limits when sending offers to candidates who are:
    • within the DSA, or
    • within 250 NM, or
    • 0 ABDR mismatch with the donor and have a CPRA > = 80%
  • Kidney matches will use “local” organ offer limits when sending offers to candidates who:
    • Are within the DSA, or
    • Are within 250 NM, or
    • Fall into classification:
      • 1 through 39 on allocation sequence A (KDPI 0 -20% or enbloc)**
      • 1 through 29 on allocation sequence B (KDPI 21-34%)**
      • 1 through 28 on allocation sequence C (KDPI 35-85%)**
      • 1 through 22 on allocation sequence D (KDPI > 85%)**

**Refer to this policy notice for a full list of these kidney classifications, which will go into effect March 15.

These changes to OPO electronic organ offer limits for intestine, kidney, pancreas and kidney-pancreas will bring the standards for OPO notification limits in DonorNet into a consistent framework for all organ types.  Corresponding changes have already been implemented for liver, heart, lung, and heart-lung match runs following the implementation of distance-based allocations for those organs.

These changes were developed in response to community feedback. An Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network workgroup that included donation and transplant members with experience in all organ types collaborated to develop these changes. Maintaining the use of DSA as part of local notification limits, in addition to distance and classifications, ensures minimal disruption in allocation practices. OPOs must still offer according to the match run, in the order of the match run, in line with OPTN allocation policies.

What you need to do

OPOs should review their current “local” organ offer notification limit settings in DonorNet to determine if updates are necessary.  It is recommended that OPOs communicate with intestine, pancreas, and kidney transplant programs that fall under the new definition of local offers to develop appropriate, efficient offering processes.

Additional resources

Find professional education on UNOS Connect:

  • QLT102D Notification Limits for Distance-based Allocation

DonorNet online help documentation will be updated so that OPOs will have access to the information about how local limits are used for matches for all organ types.

Questions?

If you have questions relating to implementation, contact UNOS Customer Service at unethelpdesk@unos.org, or call 800-978-4334 from 8 am to 7 pm EST.

For policy-related questions, contact member.questions@unos.org.

The Organ Center is available around the clock and can be reached at 800-292-9537.

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