The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) is a public-private partnership that links all professionals involved in the U.S. donation and transplantation system. With collective efforts focused on patients, the are to increase the number of and access to transplants, improve survival rates after transplantation, and to promote patient safety and efficient management of the system. Their website (optn.transplant.hrsa.gov) includes a number of helpful resources for professionals with an interest in the donation and transplantation system.
This letter is one sample of the 74 letters HRSA Administrator Wakefield sent to members of the U.S. House of Representatives in response to their letter that same month. In it, HRSA explains that the UNOS Committee goal is to increase access to livers for patients with the greatest medical urgency and to decrease geographic disparity for these patients. HRSA notes that another forum for public comment is planned for late spring 2015.
In response to an inquiry from the former Administrator of what is now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HRSA provides an overview of the considerable federally-funded study and research that has been devoted to the issue of organ distribution thus far, and lays out its plan to generate evidence-based approaches to designing potential reforms.
HRSA thanked Senator Gillibrand for her letter to them, sent the month prior, and described the work they are performing “on multiple fronts … to improve access to donor organs for those patients most urgently in need, regardless of geography.”