Tag Archives: organ procurement organizations

HHS Proposes Rules to Modernize Organ Transplant System

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released two proposed rules intended to increase the availability of organs for transplantation and improve the accountability of organ procurement organizations (OPOs), in conformance with President Trump’s Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health. First, the Health Resources and Services Administration has proposed expanding the scope … Continue Reading

Final Rule Implements HIV Organ Policy Equity Act

On May 8, 2015, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published a final rule to implement the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (HOPE Act), which modifies standards related to Organ Procurement Transplantation Network (OPTN) acquisition of organs from individuals known to be infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Under the final rule, organs from … Continue Reading

OIG Faults OPO Reporting of Double Lung Procurement

This post was written by Nancy Sheliga. The OIG recently estimated that Medicare could have saved approximately $8.9 million if organ procurement organizations (OPOs) had correctly reported procurement of double lungs as two organs in their FY 2011 Medicare cost reports.  The report cited reliance on CMS’s Provider Reimbursement Manual, which does not provide specific instructions … Continue Reading

Procedures for Hospital Agreements With Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs)

CMS has published a notice announcing the procedures that will be used when certain hospitals (those that previously had been granted a waiver to work with an OPO other than the designated OPO for the hospital’s service area) seek to enter into an agreement with a different OPO. The process provides the public with an … Continue Reading