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OPTN Policy Change: Who’s Responsible for Living Donors?

From http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/SharedContentDocuments/2011-06_Policy_Notice.pdf

To quote: Beginning August 29, 2011, if your transplant program operates on living donors, you will be responsible for all elements of the living donation process, which includes, but is not limited to, consent, medical and psychosocial evaluations, perioperative care, and required follow-up reporting on the donor to the OPTN.

The reason behind this clarification is that some living donors live great distances from their recipient. So they’d have their evaluation at one center while traveling to another for the procedure. OR they’d have their evaluation and surgery at one facility but seek care for complications or post-donation issues at another.

Notice the policy says “all elements”. Wonder if that includes billing and finances?

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