Tag Archives: Organ transplants

Trump Administration Launches Multi-Pronged Effort to “Transform Care Delivery for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease”

The Trump Administration has announced a number of policy goals and innovation models that seek to “improve the lives of Americans suffering from kidney disease, expand options for American patients, and reduce healthcare costs,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The broad policy framework was outlined in an executive order on … 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

HIV Organ Policy Equity, PREEMIE Reauthorization Acts Signed into Law

President Obama recently signed into law S. 330, the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, which eliminates the restriction on acquiring HIV-positive organs in order to permit research on transplants involving HIV-positive individuals. In addition, the President has signed S. 252, the "Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act" which … Continue Reading

Health Policy Bills Advance

On November 12, 2013, the House of Representatives approved S. 330, the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, which would eliminate the restriction on acquiring HIV-positive organs in order to permit research on transplants involving HIV-positive individuals (the Senate approved the bill in June). The House also passed S. 252, the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education … Continue Reading

HIV Organ Policy Equity Act Advances

On July 17, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 698, the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act. The legislation would eliminate the restriction on acquiring HIV-positive organs in order to permit research on transplants involving HIV-positive individuals. The Senate approved its version of the bill, S. 330, on June 17, 2013.… Continue Reading

Senate HELP Committee Approves Organ Transplant, Animal Drug User Fee Bills

On March 20, 2013, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions approved an amended version of S. 330, a bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish safeguards and standards of quality for research and transplantation of organs infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Among other things, the bill would remove … Continue Reading
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