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Webinar to address revised heart policy proposal

During the August – October 2016, public comment cycle, the OPTN/UNOS Thoracic Organ Transplantation Committee  is issuing a revised proposal to improve the adult heart allocation system. The Committee is offering a webinar on August 18, 2016 to explain the proposed changes so that members can later comment on the proposal. Beginning August 15, you’ll find the public comment proposal on the OPTN website under Governance>Public Comment. 

Date: August 18, 2016

Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern

Registration Information:

Participants can use their computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP) or telephone.
United States (Toll-free): 1 866 952 8437
United States: +1 (914) 614-3429
Access Code: 653-139-972
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar

Purpose of the webinar
This webinar is designed to explain the proposed changes, the problems that the proposal will solve, the goals of the proposal and alternatives the committee considered. The webinar will also detail revisions made in response to issues raised regarding the document originally published for public comment in January 2016, including the following:

  • Stricter qualifying criteria and extension criteria for some of the more urgent status categories
  • Limiting the proposed broader geographic sharing scheme for the most urgent candidates to donation service area and Zone A (instead of through Zone B)
  • Modification of the pediatric donor allocation sequence to mitigate the impact to pediatric candidates of changes to adult heart allocation policy
  • Clarification of the types of mechanical circulatory support devices that qualify for each status
  • Requiring regional review boards to review cases external to their region
  • Detailed listing of additional data the committee proposes to collect for future development of a heart allocation score

After participating in this webinar, attendees will understand the potential impact the proposed changes would have on their transplant centers if it passes.

Webinar Presenter:
Joseph G. Rogers, M.D., immediate past chair of the OPTN/UNOS Thoracic Organ Transplantation Committee

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