Join us today in the fight for changes to the Center Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule governing OPOs to ensure fair treatment and an opportunity for continual performance improvement.
Here is how to get involved:
- Make an appointment, either virtual or in-person, with your Member of Congress while they are home for the August recess.
Below is the current AOPO Congressional Staff Directory to connect you with your Member of Congress’ district or state staff person.
Contact Strategic Health Care (SHC) for scheduling assistance with your member of Congress.
Use the Metrics Talking Points below to inform your Member of Congress about concerns with the OPO regulations proposed by CMS.
Be sure to close the meeting by requesting your Senator or Representative to contact the Department of Health and Human Services to raise your concerns using the Sample Congressional Letter to HSS below.
- Get your communities involved with our advocacy efforts by encouraging them to send an email raising these concerns with their Members of Congress on the AOPO TakeAction website. Encourage OPO staff, donor families, transplant recipients, and other donation and transplantation partners to participate.
Letters of Support
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.”
Congressman James Himes writes to Secretary Azar to address potential problems with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule.
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”.
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”.
Mississippi congressional delegates shares three concerns with the proposed OPO metrics in this letter to Secretary Azar.
“Organ donation reflects the American spirit of selfless sacrifice.” In this letter to Secretary Azar, Utah congressional delegates express their support of organ donation and 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