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Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommendation 55

The Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT) met on August 28, 2012, in Rockville, MD, and unanimously agreed on the following recommendation:

Recommendation 55: The ACOT recognizes that the current CMS and HRSA/OPTN structure creates unnecessary burdens and inconsistent requirements on transplant centers (TCs) and organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and that the current system lacks responsiveness to advances in TC and OPO performance metrics.  The ACOT recommends that the Secretary direct CMS and HRSA to confer with the OPTN, SRTR, the OPO community, and TC representatives, to conduct a comprehensive review of regulatory and other requirements, and to promulgate regulatory and policy changes to requirements for OPOs and TCs that unify mutual goals of increasing organ donation, improving recipient outcomes, and reducing organ wastage and administrative burden on TCs and OPOs.  These revisions should include, but not be limited to, improved risk adjustment methodologies for TCs and a statistically sound method for yield measures for OPOs.  The ACOT recommends that this review be completed within one year and that action be taken within two years.