CMS released a memo on Friday, May 13, 2016 to outline Revised Guidelines for Solid Organ Transplant Program Outcomes Thresholds. The memo is available for your review on the CMS website
. Highlights include:
The CMS regulation sets the outcomes threshold at 150% (1.5 times) the risk-adjusted expected number of one-year post-transplant patient deaths or graft failures.
While the regulation is unchanged, CMS issues survey & certification... Read More...
Representatives from the AST’s Transplant Administrators Community of Practice joined President-elect Anil Chandraker and representatives from ASTS on a recent call with Mr. Thomas Hamilton, Director of the Survey and Certification Group at CMS. Both societies shared their concerns regarding revised CMS Interpretive Guidelines for the Organ Transplant Conditions of Participation for Transplant Centers.
On the call, Mr. Hamilton indicated that CMS will be revising, clarifying, and in some cases correcting the Guidelines based upon letters from both AST and ASTS as well as discussion on this... Read More...
In 2016, the AST launched an ATC Travel Award
for students and residents interested in obtaining more exposure to the field of transplantation.
Please join us in congratulating this year's award recipients:
Kevin Eddinger, University of Pennsylvania
Jodie Franzil, MD, Wake Forest University
Grace Lee, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Jessica Little, University of Virginia
Priya Marathe, Emory University
Amara Seng, University of Kansas
Jacob Tatum, University of Virginia
Joshua Yang, ... Read More...
On April 1, 2016, President Barack Obama proclaimed April 2016 as National Donate Life Month and called upon health care professionals, volunteers, educators, government agencies, faith-based and community groups, and private organizations to join forces to boost the number of organ, eye, and tissue donors.
"During National Donate Life Month, we lift up the thousands of selfless individuals across America who are living or registered organ donors. And as we honor those who have saved lives in the past by donating organs, we recommit to supporting the researchers, innovators, advocates, and... Read More...
As the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) partners with physicians to enhance the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, ABIM seeks your input in an upcoming study to examine the possibility of ABIM providing access to online resources, such as UpToDate, during an assessment of medical knowledge.
ABIM has heard from many physicians that they would like to have access to online resources during MOC assessments since they use these tools in practice. This study will provide crucial insights into how the use of online resources might impact both diplomate experience and... Read More...
As you are likely aware, we are in the midst of a Zika virus outbreak in the Americas. Zika is transmitted by mosquitos and is an asymptomatic or self-limited illness in the vast majority of infected persons. Relatively little is known about how the virus behaves in immunosuppressed persons. However, Zika is an emerging infectious disease and we need to consider its impact on transplant recipients and organ donors. There exists a potential for donor-derived Zika virus infectious with unknown consequencces for recipients.
The FDA issued the following guidance for industry on donor screening... Read More...
The Cutting Edge of Transplantation (CEOT) meeting, held February 25-27 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Biltmore, addressed the shortfall between the demand and availability of organs for transplantation. CEOT, the winter meeting of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), had record-breaking attendance in 2016 with over 400 transplantation professionals gathered to discuss a multifaceted approach to addressing the current organ shortage.
CEOT 2016 focused on how the effects of redistricting, the possibility of incentives, and the use of marginal donors impact the donor organ supply... Read More...
Please join the AST in welcoming the 25 newly elected members of the OPTN/UNOS board of directors, including a new president, vice-president/president-elect, vice president for patient and donor affairs, and secretary.
These board members will begin their service on July 1, 2016.
Visit the OPTN/UNOS website for a full list
On March 1, 2017, the "Living Donor Protection Act of 2017"
was reintroduced to Congress by Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler.
Where Did the Legislation Originate?
The AST's public policy team has worked alongside other national organ transplant stakeholder leader organizations as well as a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders to develop and introduce this important public policy proposal.
The national transplant advocacy community is now working together to... Read More...
Legislation seeks to promote and protect living organ donors from discrimination
WASHINGTON, DC - The American Society of Transplantation (AST), the largest organization of transplantation professionals in North America, applauds the introduction of the Living Donor Protection Act of 2016 by Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York, and Congressman Michael Burgess, MD of Texas.
The legislation seeks to:
Prohibit denial of coverage or increase in premiums of life or disability insurance for living organ donors... Read More...