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For transplant hospitals

Fundamentals

Changes: Pending and implemented

New enhancements added to DonorNet

The enhancements give users quicker access to member contact information and more visibility of the most recent donor record update.

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eGFR: What all kidney programs are required to do before and after Jan. 3, 2024

Updated FAQ

OPTN Patient information letter

Patient information letter updated

Now available in additional languages. Get the patient information letter

For all members

OPTN policies and bylaws

OPTN evaluation plan

How UNOS, as the OPTN contractor assesses member compliance with OPTN policies and bylaws.

Evaluation plan

Updated 9/28/2023

UNOS Connect

Online learning: Effective practices, system updates, and policy changes.

UNOS Connect
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eGFR Waiting time modifications

  • Information on waiting time modifications for candidates affected by race-inclusive eGFR calculations
  • All kidney programs required to fulfill policy requirements
  • eGFR attestation documentation due Jan. 4, 2023

Visit toolkit


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Improvements to MELD and PELD now in effect (July 13, 2023). View the implementation notice


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Lung allocation: View resources for lung allocation policy based on continuous distribution implemented on March 9, 2023. View toolkit

In discussion: Making allocation more fair and flexible.

Policy changes and monitoring

Need to change key personnel? Find information on the how to apply page.

Need to apply or amend your organization’s OPTN membership?

Resources with more information about OPTN member requirements and obligations:

For professionals:

Potential Donor-Derived Disease Transmission Events

Patient safety toolkit

SLK: Simultaneous liver-kidney allocation

Clarification to multi-organ allocation policy

Questions?

News you need in your inbox

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Organ procurement organizations

Collaborative learning

OPTN DCD Procurement Collaborative

Identifying and sharing effective practices regarding approaches to donation after circulatory death (DCD) procurement. Learn more about the collaborative

Changes: Pending and implemented

Questions?

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Transplant programs

Changes: Pending and implemented

Patient information letter updated

Now available in additional languages. Get the patient information letter

Within 7 days

Transplant hospitals must report to the OPTN the disposition of all extra vessels, including their use, sharing, or destruction, within seven days of their use, sharing, or destruction. (OPTN policy 16.6.C, Reporting requirements for extra vessels)

Storing vessels/positive vessel storage

Kidney paired donation

Access UNOS Connect videos in the course catalog under the Quality/Effective practices category. You’ll find:

  • Bayesian methods
  • Demystifying the MPSC performance review process
  • Performance management series town hall
  • Benefits of participating – testimonial

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Fundamentals

Changes: Pending and implemented

UNOS and the OPTN work with committees of volunteers to create policies to ensure that our national system is equitable.

These three organizations work closely together, but each has their own distinct role in supporting, monitoring and improving the national transplant system.

  • The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, or OPTN, is a public-private partnership that links all professionals involved in the U.S. donation and transplantation system. It is a member organization that acts through its Board of Directors and volunteer committees. The OPTN board establishes and maintains transplant policies and bylaws. Learn more about the OPTN.
  • UNOS is the non-profit that serves as the OPTN under contract with the federal government, and convenes the community to develop policies together. UNOS manages the national transplant waiting list and maintains the database that contains all organ transplant data for every transplant event in the U.S. Learn more about UNOS and its role as the OPTN.
  • The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, or SRTR, operates under contract with the federal government. The SRTR works with UNOS as the OPTN contractor and provides analytic support in policy development and performance monitoring. The SRTR evaluates the performance of the system through regular publication of reports. Learn more about SRTR.

Working together: Our nation’s organ donation and transplant system

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