Business of Transplantation Webinar Series

The five webinars below are an extension of the 2012-2013 Business of Transplantation Webinar Series; all webinars in that series are available for viewing on demand. This series is the second phase of instruction in the development of a transplant and OPO administration program; focusing on quality, operations and finance. Gain skills including an understanding of SRTR data and additional analysis tools to evaluate their outcomes. Learn valuable operational knowledge and insight about the extremely complex transplant regulatory and financial framework.

The series is targeted towards transplant and OPO leaders of all experience levels, and anyone involved in transplant and OPO administration (physician, division chief). 

Price: FREE for AST members, $50 per webinar for non-members 

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#1 Understanding CUSUM and Bayesian Charts: New SRTR Transplant Reporting Methodologies

Originally aired on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Area: Quality 

Cumulative Sum (CUSUM) methods provide an approach for monitoring outcomes of an ongoing process. The idea of the approach is to produce charts that allow real time monitoring of the process, so that changes or problems can be quickly identified and remedied as needed. The methods were first devised to monitor industrial processes in the early 1950s. Their potential use for monitoring health and medical outcomes was recognized in the 1970s. In more recent years, methods of risk adjustment have greatly extended and enhanced the usefulness of these techniques in the medical context.

Learner Objectives:

  • Define CUSUM- what is it and how does the SRTR calculate center’s performance
  • Risk-adjustment methods used to compare observed-to-expected survival
  • When should I be concerned about my program outcomes?
  • Is it safe to share? Is it meaningful in forecasting program performance both in the short-term and long-term in view of multiple insurance company requests for the CUSUM reports to be released?
  • Bayesian Charts: What are they and SRTR plans and timeline for public release

Jesse Schold, PhD, M.Stat., M.Ed.
Cleveland Clinic

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This webinar is supported by:

Guidry and East



#2 OPO Quality Program

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm ET • Area: Quality

An OPO Quality Program encompasses the development of quality system processes throughout the organization; ensures corporate compliance with regulatory standards and legislation; and ensures that goals are set and measured to continuously improve practice.

Learner Objectives:

  • Understand the practices for ensuring the quality of organs and the procurement and preservation of organs.
  • Learn about the regulatory standards that govern OPO quality and when OPOs report patient safety and disease transmission issues.
  • What are OPO quality metrics
  • Understand the impact that OPO quality practices have on transplant centers.

Lisa Stocks, RN, MSN, FNP
University of California, San Diego Health System

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#3 OPO and Transplant Center Collaborations

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm ET • Area: Operations

Optimizing organ donation and transplantation within local service areas requires highly effective collaboration between the OPO and transplant hospital leadership.

Learner Objectives:

  • How have organizations, both OPO and transplant centers, achieved this type of collaboration
  • Discuss specific OPO experiences and challenges
  • Discuss the results of this collaborative relationship and the benefits they have achieved

Kevin Myer, MSHA

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#4 OPO Finance

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm ET • Area: Finance

Learner Objectives:

  • Learn about OPO overall financial operation
  • Understand Medicare cost reporting for OPOs and how organ acquisition fees are determined (local and imports)
  • Discuss how transplant centers can impact the fees they pay

William Vaughan
Guidry & East LLC

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#5 Changes in the Health Care Environment and Transplantation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm ET • Area: ALL

Learner Objectives:

  • Understand changes in the healthcare environment and the effect of the ACA on transplantation
  • Learn how the transplant industry will change...or will it?
  • Transplantation in an increasingly regulated environment: Industry leaders from Medicare and insurance Centers of Excellence share their perspectives

Jon Friedman, MD • Optum
Thomas Hamilton, MA • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Patricia Martin, RN, BSN • WellPoint, Inc.

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This webinar is supported by:

Guidry and East

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