Transplant Program Components—What are They?
No distinction between adult and pediatric
The OPTN designates your program as kidney, heart, lung, liver or pancreas, not as a pediatric or adult program. If your center has a pediatric program, your primary surgeon and physician pathways may include specific pediatric options, but when the OPTN approves your program it makes no distinction between adult and pediatric components. You are approved for both. Unlike the OPTN, CMS does have specific pediatric and adult program status criteria.
No such thing as living donor transplant program status
A living donor program is simply a component of an OPTN-approved deceased donor program. Once the OPTN approves your program for deceased transplants, you must meet additional criteria if you wish to perform living donor transplants. Once you meet these criteria, the OPTN will grant you a qualifying endorsement for the specific organ involved (kidney or liver, for example) in living donation.
The new computer system is designed to facilitate various program components, if desired.