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Lung policy

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Making allocation more fair and flexible

Making lung distribution fair and equitable

In its continued drive toward increasing equity, the donation and transplant community has developed a more fair and flexible lung allocation system. On March 2, 2023, new policies will replace the current lung classification system.

Lungs are the first organ type to be allocated under this new framework, called continuous distribution. In continuous distribution of lungs, candidates will receive a composite allocation score, which means no single factor will determine a lung patient’s priority. Watch explanatory videos

Lung continuous distribution

Prepare for the changes coming March 2, 2023 with training in UNOS Connect. View the OPTN toolkit for FAQs and resources.
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Lung CAS summary data updated

Beginning Wednesday, September 28, 2022, lung transplant programs will be able to access a program-specific resource report in the Data Services Portal.

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How will patients benefit?

Simulation modeling suggests that the new policy is likely to improve key measures of the lung transplant system, including:

  • Reducing patient deaths on the waiting list
  • Increasing transplant rates for the sickest candidates
  • Decreasing geographic variability in transplant rates

How did the community develop this policy?

The community was able to participate in the development of the policy through several public comment periods and online interactive values exercises. The methodology behind the exercises was a new way to collect community input early in the process.

Patients benefit from a more efficient system that gets the right organ to the right patient, at the right time.

The Board of Directors considered the community’s feedback and unanimously approved the policy in December 2021.

Learn more about the steps the Lung Committee followed to build the framework.

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Winter 2023 public comment is open Jan. 19 - March 15. Watch videos and Add your voice

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