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AOPO Endorses ISHLT and AST Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

AOPO Endorses ISHLT and AST Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

This week, AOPO endorsed the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) and American Society of Transplantation (AST) joint statement on COVID-19 vaccination in solid organ transplant recipients. Recent studies have shown that organ transplant recipients acquire less antibodies from the vaccine than the general public. Until more data is compiled, it is recommended that organ transplant recipients continue to get vaccinated, resume immunosuppression regimen, and follow protective measures. Read the full statement to learn more.

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Mediaplanet: How Organ Procurement Organizations Help Save Lives

Mediaplanet: How Organ Procurement Organizations Help Save Lives

AOPO is proud to partner with Mediaplanet on their recently published Journey of Transplantation campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness around the necessity of organ donation, as well as highlight the various leaders, educational resources, donor networks, and research that are helping to enable transplants and organ donation to people of all backgrounds.

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Colorado & Wyoming Transplant Community Support OPOs

Colorado & Wyoming Transplant Community Support OPOs

The transplant community in Colorado and Wyoming sent a letter to Secretary Azar in support of valid and continually improving performance metrics based on sound data including retaining the current Observed to Expected (O:E) Yield measure which is “independently reported, verifiable, calculated and widely supported by all stakeholders in the donation and transplantation community.”

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Albuquerque Journal: Attacks on organ procurement are unfair

Albuquerque Journal: Attacks on organ procurement are unfair

Wayne Dunlap, Executive Director, New Mexico Services shares his thoughts to the Albuquerque Journal. Dunlap states “There’s always room to get better. But let us stop the unfair attacks on organ procurement organizations and instead bring all stakeholders together to create reform that improves the system for all”

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New England Congressional Delegates Support OPOs

New England Congressional Delegates Support OPOs

Members of Congress from New England recently sent a letter to Secretary Azar in support of driving continual improvement in organ donation and transplantation. The letter states, “the proposed rule needs serious revision” and that the final rule “should be designed to preserve or strengthen practices that work well and reform those that do not”.

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International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (IACME) Supports OPOs

International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (IACME) Supports OPOs

The IACME sent a letter to Secretary Azar raising concerns with the accuracy of death certificates. The letter states: “The pervasive inaccuracy of death certificate information can largely be attributed to varying levels of expertise of those who fill out the forms” and points out that “death certificates are intended to focus on the immediate cause of death and do not and cannot document a person’s entire medical history”.

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Florida Congressional Delegates Support OPOs

Florida Congressional Delegates Support OPOs

Florida has enjoyed wide success with its OPOs, demonstrating over two years an increase of 22 percent in the state’s number of donors. As a result, more than 11 million people have registered their donation decision in Florida. In this letter to Secretary Azar, Florida congressional delegates share their support of OPOs and concerns over the proposed CMS rule

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Colorado & Wyoming Transplant Community Support OPOs

Colorado & Wyoming Transplant Community Support OPOs

The transplant community in Colorado and Wyoming sent a letter to Secretary Azar in support of valid and continually improving performance metrics based on sound data including retaining the current Observed to Expected (O:E) Yield measure which is “independently reported, verifiable, calculated and widely supported by all stakeholders in the donation and transplantation community.”

New England Congressional Delegates Support OPOs

New England Congressional Delegates Support OPOs

Members of Congress from New England recently sent a letter to Secretary Azar in support of driving continual improvement in organ donation and transplantation. The letter states, “the proposed rule needs serious revision” and that the final rule “should be designed to preserve or strengthen practices that work well and reform those that do not”.

International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (IACME) Supports OPOs

International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (IACME) Supports OPOs

The IACME sent a letter to Secretary Azar raising concerns with the accuracy of death certificates. The letter states: “The pervasive inaccuracy of death certificate information can largely be attributed to varying levels of expertise of those who fill out the forms” and points out that “death certificates are intended to focus on the immediate cause of death and do not and cannot document a person’s entire medical history”.

New England Congressional Delegates Support OPOs

Florida Congressional Delegates Support OPOs

Florida has enjoyed wide success with its OPOs, demonstrating over two years an increase of 22 percent in the state’s number of donors. As a result, more than 11 million people have registered their donation decision in Florida. In this letter to Secretary Azar, Florida congressional delegates share their support of OPOs and concerns over the proposed CMS rule