Public forum addresses equity in liver distribution

Rosemont, Ill. – Approximately 400 people attended a public forum held on Sept. 16 to discuss various concepts to reduce geographic variation in access to liver transplantation.

The opinions and recommendations expressed will help the OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee as it continues to assess potential improvements to liver transplant policy.


“At this point, no specific policy recommendation has been determined,” said Carl Berg, M.D., OPTN/UNOS President. “But this ongoing discussion has identified a number of areas of focus, as well as key questions and concerns that need to be answered in developing any future proposal.”


The forum addressed concepts distributed for public input in June 2014. Results of a questionnaire that accompanied the document were also shared and further discussed at the forum.


The OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplant Committee is discussing feedback from the questionnaire and the forum at its regularly scheduled meeting today.

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