ASN Policy Team Interviews Expert on Transplant and Organ Procurement Policy

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In late 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule for Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) Conditions for Coverage. The proposed rule intends to require transparent, verifiable, and uniform metrics by which CMS can evaluate OPO performance. The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) provided comments of support and recommendations for improvement in February 2020.

The proposed rule would replace the existing outcome measures for OPO recertification with two new outcome measures that would be used to assess an OPO’s performance: “donation rate” and “organ transplantation rate,” effective beginning in 2022. The “donation rate” would be measured