March 23, 2023
The federal government has launched a multi-year “modernization initiative” to update the nation’s organ transplant system, officials announced this week.
On Wednesday, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued a statement saying it was focused on strengthening accountability and transparency in the nation’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). President Biden’s 2024 budget more than doubles the resources available ($67 million) to support HRSA’s organ transplantation programs, including the modernization initiative, officials said.
“At HRSA, our stewardship and oversight of this vital work is a top priority,” said Carole Johnson, HRSA administrator. “That is why we are taking action to both bring greater transparency to the system and to reform and modernize the OPTN. The individuals and families that depend on this life-saving work deserve no less.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Additional information about the modernization initiative is available online.
Every year, HAP partners with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), and the Gift of Life Donor Program—the two organ procurement organizations serving Pennsylvania—to support the HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge. HAP, CORE, and Gift of Life will publicly acknowledge participating hospital efforts, sharing their awareness activities and designations at the end of the challenge.
As we approach Donate Life Month, HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals encourage everyone to learn about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors, and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. Learn more about this year’s challenge.
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