Steve November 21, 2020

Source: Washington Post


Trump administration finalizes rule that could make thousands more organs available for transplant

By Kimberly Kindy and Lenny Bernstein

November 21, 2020 at 3:44 p.m. EST

The Trump administration has finalized major reforms in the way organs are collected and distributed for transplant, an effort aimed at making thousands more kidneys, livers, hearts and lungs available to the lengthy list of people waiting for them.

The changes, announced Friday evening, are aimed primarily at “organ procurement organizations,” the government-chartered network of 58 nonprofits that collects organs from deceased donors and rushes them to surgeons at transplant centers.

Critics, and occasionally the government, have contended that some OPOs have for years fallen far short of the number of organs they could be collecting, getting by because each enjoys a monopoly on a government-designated piece of territory and reports its own data to the Department of Health and Human Services. That has made it easy for some to manipulate the numbers their performance is judged on.


Kimberly Kindy

Kimberly Kindy is a national investigative reporter for The Washington Post. In 2015, she was a lead reporter on the paper’s Fatal Force project, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk award.

Lenny Bernstein

Lenny Bernstein covers health and medicine. He started as an editor on The Washington Post’s National desk in 2000 and has worked in Metro and Sports. Follow

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