Oct. 17, 2019 – “The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) commends the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its recent action to eliminate regulatory requirements that have the unintended consequence of stifling transplant procedures and allowing usable organs to go to waste. This action, which aims to increase acceptance and use of less than perfect, but medically viable organs, is an important step forward for the thousands of people on the transplant waiting list, as well as for the families who, every day, make the decision to turn their tragedy into hope and help save lives through organ donation.
“Studies have shown that many organs, while medically complex, are still medically viable and offer transplant patients the chance for a better quality of life. A recent study looking at kidney utilization practices and the United States and France found that the U.S. discards kidneys from deceased donors at twice the rate that France does and that 62 percent of the U.S. discards could have been successfully used to save and extend life.
“While transplant centers make the decision of which organs ultimately are accepted for use, the OPOs’ mission is to work to ensure that every generously donated organ finds a suitable recipient. We applaud CMS for this important policy change and look forward being able to place and recover even more donated organs as a result.”