Keep Transplants Fair

A Collaboration for Donation Fairness

The Issue

Thousands of patients currently waiting for a liver transplant across the United States could wait longer or die waiting for the life-saving surgery if a new, proposed policy goes into effect. The proposed change redistricts the current 11-region system to an 8-region system, expanding the geographic areas in which a limited number of organs are allocated.

The “Redesigning Liver Distribution” proposal, if it passes, will have a drastic, negative impact on patients waiting for liver transplants across the United States. While the intent behind the proposal is to reduce wait times and wait list mortality rates, this change instead inadvertently creates a framework that:

  • produces lower quality organs as a result of longer transportation times between states
  • reduces long-term survival rates of liver transplantation
  • unfairly disadvantages minorities, lower socioeconomic candidates and those in rural areas
  • supports a system that artificially inflates MELD scores (which are used to determine a patient’s place on the transplant list), not actual lab values
  • drives up costs

More than 63 percent of states performing liver transplants have had transplant centers publicly oppose this proposal. Several polls of the transplant community have overwhelmingly vetoed the proposal’s measure for redistricting—but to no avail. If we don’t take action, donated livers will be sent from areas with high waiting list mortality to areas with low waiting list mortality.

How You Can Help

Submit your opposition to this proposal through public comment by October 15, 2016.

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Congressional and Physician Support

Letter by Representative John Lewis regarding Liver Donations

Letter by Representative John Lewis regarding Liver Donations

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2016 Congressional Delegation HRSA Letter

Congressman Yoder’s 2016 Letter to HRSA

Congressman Yoder’s 2016 Letter to HRSA

HRSA 2016 Response to Congressman Yoder

HRSA 2016 Response to Congressman Yoder

2016 Transplant Surgeon Letter to HRSA

Congressman Yoder's Letter to HRSA

GA Congressional Letter to HRSA

2014 Transplant Surgeon Letter to HRSA

HRSA Response to GA Congressmen

Collaborative Partners

Emory University
University of Kansas Hospital
Piedmont Healthcare
University of Iowa
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Baylor Scott & White Health
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Baylor Scott & White Health

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    Reagan Cussimanio, Esq.
    Government Relations Liaison
    The University of Kansas Hospital
      Office   (913) 588-3174
      Mobile (785) 249-7371

    Thomas Worthy, Esq.
    Vice President
    Government & External Affairs
    Piedmont Healthcare
      Office   (404) 425-7339
      Mobile (678) 576-0922