A data report is available in the Liver and Intestine section of Resources on the OPTN website. The report contains key measures of the National Liver Review Board for its first 12 months of operation in tandem with changes implemented along with the acuity circles liver policy.
Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on candidate listing and transplantation, the embedded tables and charts denote activity before and after the World Health Organization’s declaration of the pandemic on March 11, 2020, where relevant. Even when accounting for those effects, some key trends are evident:
- The percentages of initial and extension request forms automatically approved have increased, thus decreasing the number of forms requiring additional review
- Approval rates of initial and extension request forms have increased
- The average time from exception request form submission to adjudication has decreased
- The number of deceased donor, liver-alone transplants has decreased for non-HCC exception candidates
Subsequent monitoring reports will be posted on an ongoing basis.