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Public forum addresses equity in liver distribution; resources available on OPTN and UNOS websites

In Rosemont, IL, approximately 400 people attended a public forum held on Sept. 16 to discuss various concepts to reduce geographic variation in access to liver transplantation.  The opinions and recommendations expressed will help the OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee as it continues to assess potential improvements to liver transplant policy.
“At this point, no specific policy recommendation has been determined,” said Carl Berg, M.D., OPTN/UNOS President.  “But this ongoing discussion has identified a number of areas of focus, as well as key questions and concerns that need to be answered in developing any future proposal.”
The forum addressed concepts distributed for public input in June 2014 Results of a questionnaire that accompanied the document were also shared and further discussed at the forum.
The Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplant Committee is discussing feedback from the questionnaire and the forum at its regularly scheduled meeting today.
Access slides of the presentations given at the forum.

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) serves as the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) by contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Transplantation. The OPTN brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families to develop national organ transplantation policy.

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