UNOS welcomes reformed bidding process
Today, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) released this statement on President Biden signing the Securing the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act:
“Today, President Biden signed the Securing the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act into law. We do not oppose this legislation, and we welcome Congress’ collaborative interest in reforming the nation’s organ donation and transplantation system. UNOS supports a more competitive and open bidding process for the next Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) contracts, a centerpiece of this legislation.
“As HRSA pursues additional efforts to modernize the OPTN, UNOS continues to offer its expertise and experience to support our shared goals of increasing accountability, transparency, performance and oversight. We are committed to working with HRSA, Congress, the wider donation and transplantation community and other stakeholders to ensure the best possible system for patients, donors and their families.
“No organization knows the incredibly complex system and the transplant community as well as UNOS. As this law goes into effect, we look forward to taking part in the new bidding process and demonstrating how our expertise should remain an integral part of this system.”
UNOS will continue to collaborate with members of Congress, HRSA, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other stakeholders to improve the system, better serve patients and save more lives.