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OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors to meet Dec. 5-6

The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors will hold its semiannual meeting Dec. 5 and 6 at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. The Board will vote on a number of proposed actions, including the following key items:

  • Substantive modifications to the system of allocating hearts for adult transplant candidates
  • Modifications to criteria for automatic approval of exception criteria for liver transplant candidates with hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Modifications to informed consent requirements for potential living donors
  • A slate of nominees for election to open Board positions for the term beginning in July 2017

The Board will also hear and discuss status updates on a number of other projects and policies in development but will not be taking votes on them at the December meeting. Key topics include:

  • Efforts to reduce geographic disparity in medical urgency scores among liver transplant candidates
  • Measuring and tracking equity in kidney allocation
  • A collaborative project to increase utilization of kidney transplantation while also piloting an alternative approach to outcome monitoring of transplant programs

UNOS will post news summaries to the OPTN and UNOS websites, and an executive summary of all Board actions will be posted as soon as available to the OPTN website. For additional information, please contact UNOS Communications at or 804-782-4730.

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