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New adult heart allocation policy now in effect

We implemented the new adult heart allocation policy on October 18, 2018.
These changes will:

  • better stratify the most medically urgent heart transplant candidates
  • reflect the increased use of mechanical circulatory support devices (MCSD) and prevalence of MCSD complications, and
  • address geographic disparities in access to donors among heart transplant candidates

How will these changes affect you?
Transplant programs will be affected the most since you are now required to submit more data than you do now for each of your candidates.



  • Access our resource toolkit, available on the OPTN website
    • Adult heart allocation policy revisions
      Learn what changed in policy and why
  • Access all the available policy and system trainings in UNOS Connect: (OPO training; UNet system training)
    Remember, you can access UNOS Connect from the UNet homepage under the Resources tab

    • Preparing for Adult Heart Allocation Changes: Access recording on UNOS Connect of live webinar held May 16 from 1:30 – 2:30p.m. ET.

Educating your patients

Direct your heart candidates to the UNOS patient website Transplant for a patient-centered Q&A. You can also download a print version.

We also have a PowerPoint presentation you may download and use to help explain how this policy change will impact them.

Contact your regional administrator at 804-782-4800.

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