On May 22, 2019, the White House released its Unified Spring Agenda outlining the issues the administration will address through a proposed rule process in the coming months. The agenda highlighted administration priorities of improving the data used to evaluate Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) and removing financial barriers to living donation. Both policy priorities were discussed when ASN met with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and other senior administration officials in February to urge the department to address these issues.
The administration will address transplantation through two upcoming rules by:
1) changing standards used to evaluate Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) and ensure proper data on available organs and transplants is collected; and
2) removing financial barriers to living organ donation by expanding allowable costs that can be reimbursed.
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