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September, 2020

September 21, 2020
In support of President Trump’s Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has finalized a new rule to expand the scope of qualified reimbursable expenses incurred by living organ donors to include lost wages, child-care and elder-care expenses. The new rule amends regulations of the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984, as amended. "Over the past year, the Trump Administration has taken more action to advance American kidney health than we've seen in decades," said... Read More...
September 21, 2020
Minneapolis, MN (September 21, 2020) – The Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG) of the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has renewed its federal contract to operate the ... Read More...
September 16, 2020
The American Society of Transplantation supports the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations that all individuals older than 6 months of age who do not have contraindications to vaccination, including those with immunocompromising conditions (including organ transplant candidates and recipients) receive a routine annual influenza vaccination.  Please be aware that this recommendation applies to the GENERAL PUBLIC and is especially important for health care workers and household contacts. This fall and winter, we will all be facing the continued risk of COVID-19... Read More...
September 16, 2020
SRTR is excited to announce the launch of our new, interactive, mobile-friendly program-specific reports (PSRs) and organ procurement organization-specific ... Read More...
September 09, 2020
At its meeting on August 19th, the AST Board of Directors approved a new membership category for Non-Medical doctoral degree holders with a $250 dues cost and an available optional AJT subscription.  Members eligible for this category include holders of PhD, PharmD, PsyD, DNP, and other doctoral-level degrees without an accompanying medical degree (MD, DO, MBBS, etc.).   This new category, which will apply to approximately 650 AST members, was created in response to results of the recent Membership Value and Dues Survey as well as ongoing feedback from this group.  The Board recognizes that... Read More...
September 03, 2020
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September 03, 2020
Our dear friend and colleague, John S. Najarian, passed away on September 1, 2020. He was an esteemed colleague, a talented scientist and a pioneer in the field of transplantation. Dr. Najarian was an incredibly successful and innovative organ-transplant surgeon and served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota from 1967 until 1993. Dr. Najarian's legacy covers a number of areas including kidney transplants for Type 1 diabetes, pediatric transplantation and pioneering islet cell transplants, among many other things. Dr. Najarian and his team contributed... Read More...
September 01, 2020
The AST was saddened to hear about the recent passing of transplant surgeon, George Melville Williams, MD (1930 – 2020). Dr. Williams passed away on August 26, 2020, at the age of 89. Dr. Williams initiated a transplantation program and became Chief of Transplantation and Vascular Surgery at Johns Hopkins. He also held leadership roles in several medical societies, which included being the first UNOS president and a former president of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. View Dr. Williams' full obituary... Read More...

August, 2020

August 07, 2020
In light of the current global pandemic, the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) will be modifying the evaluation metrics for transplant programs and organ procurement organizations. Following the declaration of a national public health emergency on March 13, 2020, COVID-19 has had a large impact on the transplant system. The reports scheduled for release in January 2021, with data presented through June 30, 2020, will be the first to cover the performance period after March 13, 2020. The SRTR ... Read More...

July, 2020

July 28, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released its first monthly update of data that provides a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population. For the first time, the snapshot includes data for American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries. The new data indicate that American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries have the second highest rate of hospitalization for COVID-19 among racial/ethnic groups after Blacks. Previously, the number of hospitalizations of American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries was too low to be reported. The updated data... Read More...

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