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OPTN Modernization Initiative


ASTS Response to the HRSA Modernization Initiative (March 24, 2023)

ASTS looks forward to working with HRSA and is supportive of changes to organ transplantation and donation to best serve transplant recipients, organ donors, their families, and the surgeons, physicians, and transplant teams who care for them. Given the complexity and breadth of this endeavor, we especially appreciate that HRSA said it will work in close coordination with all stakeholders, and we commit to helping them in an iterative and well-informed process. We strongly believe that any changes to the system must carefully weigh the impact of any changes addressed well in advance of implementing those changes. We also urge HHS to take this opportunity to coordinate the efforts of all agencies within the department to significantly increase access to transplantation and to address existing disparities.

Read more about the OPTN Modernization Initiative
Explore the ASTS-AAKP Guiding Principles and the ASTS-AAKP Executive Summary

How ASTS is supporting the OPTN Modernization Initiative

  • ASTS formed a Work Group dedicated to the Modernization Initiative. This group includes members from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including former presidents of ASTS and UNOS, and those familiar with HRSA and the history of UNOS. The Work Group has drafted a Statement of Principles on the new OPTN structure. This set of principles has been shared with HRSA to take into consideration as they progress through their action plan. Additionally, an Executive Summary has been drafted to use on Advocacy Day and for other interactions with policymakers.
  • ASTS has met with both the change management group and representatives of HRSA on four separate occasions to foster an open dialogue and ensure our voice is heard during this process. We anticipate meeting with HRSA every few weeks moving forward. HRSA is committed to working with the leadership of ASTS and we believe we are well positioned to help navigate this important process in partnership with all the key stakeholders.
  • Members of ASTS leadership and the Work Group participated in HRSA’s OPTN Industry Day (more information below). This assisted in gaining an understanding of how multiple contracts and vendors will collaborate, and how stakeholders like ASTS can be part of the solution.