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Winter 2022 — What happened in public comment?

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Winter 2022 public comment was open Jan. 27 – March 23, 2022

Watch videos to learn more about 5 of the items that were up for comment

ProposalLinks
Establish eligibility criteria and safety net for heart-kidney and lung-kidney allocation
Redesign map of OPTN regions
Continuous distribution of kidneys & pancreata request for feedback
Improving liver allocation: MELD, PELD, status 1A and status 1B
Establish OPTN requirement for race-neutral eGFR calculations

UNOS convenes and welcomes public debate.

Public comment is a critical forum for national discussion on organ transplant policy. When public comment has closed, OPTN volunteer committees analyze the themes and concerns voiced by the community as they review proposals and continue the policy development process.

How is policy developed?

Proposal

Establish eligibility criteria and safety net for heart-kidney and lung-kidney allocation

Concept paper

Redesign map of OPTN regions

Request for feedback

Continuous distribution of kidneys & pancreata request for feedback

Proposal

Improving liver allocation: MELD, PELD, status 1A and status 1B

Proposal

Establish OPTN requirement for race-neutral eGFR calculations

What is public comment?

Public comment is a crucial part of policy development. It’s a time for donor families, transplant candidates, organ recipients, donation and transplant professionals and the general public to provide feedback and engage in debate about policies that govern organ matching and allocation. To make the nation’s organ donation and transplantation system fair and equitable for all, many voices are needed and every view matters.

Please see the resources listed here to learn more about how UNOS convenes the organ donation and transplant community and the public in this twice yearly forum.

“Public comment is so important. And regional meetings are the place everyone comes together to talk about the big picture. I learn from the people who are on the ground and doing the work—like transplant coordinators and administrators. It’s really important to consider their perspectives and have evidence-based conversations about policy. Public comment is a reflection opportunity for real world issues in transplant.”

Macey L. Henderson, JD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Henderson serves on the OPTN Board of Directors. She is also a living donor.

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