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OPTN new kidney allocation policy

Here’s OPTN’s new kidney allocation policy: http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/ContentDocuments/Policy8_Update_KAS_12-2014.pdf

If adopted by the Executive Committee, it will go into effect the end of 2014.

This new policy is an attempt at wider sharing of organs, and a move toward a true national system (as federal law requires). The regions that have benefited from the prior system aren’t happy about these changes. OPTN will probably apply this same idea to liver allocation, which is why articles have already begun appearing from hospitals whining about the possibility.

This new policy affects prior living donors who need a transplant, but it’s unclear how, specifically. See section 8.5.F for more.

 

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