Forensic scientists at the National Police Institute of Criminal Research pieced the slivers together and reproduced the shape of a Fiat Uno
Graham, chief executive officer of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS
) and executive director both of UNOS
and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), is retiring from UNOS
on December 17, 2012, after more than 25 years of service to the organization.
One consequence of the policy changes," said Patricia Adams, MD, UNOS
president, "is that fewer patients are being transplanted earlier in their disease process.
In anticipation of the March 16 deadline, the UNOS
Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation and Pediatric Transplantation Committees met on January 25-26, 2000 to adopt a liver allocation policy plan.
Once the scale described above is established, UNOS
will examine broader organ allocation areas that balance medical considerations with patient need.
The dispute underscores regional tensions that have developed in the wake of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule which requires UNOS
to develop a plan to share organs according to a "sickest first policy" not as a result of geographical location.
Graham said the discrepancy was the result of the formula used to compute the amount of indirect costs associated with the contract, adding that UNOS
will "readily address any reconciliation through [our] normal contracting process" with the government.
In addition to patient matching and management, UNOS
develops applications for transplantation information, using those applications to collect data on every organ transplant in the U.
, hoping to retain the contract for administering the programs, would be one of the bidders.
Responding to UNOS
recent counterattack on the proposed regulation that included a letter to the Congressional Black Caucus warning that the regulation could adversely affect minorities, HHS Secretary Donna Shalala sent a scathing letter to Congress blasting UNOS
With the UNOS
approval, BIDMC is now enrolling patients on the New England Organ Bank waiting list for donor livers.
Recently highlighted by Federal Computer Week magazine as one of the 10 most successful computer systems in the federal government, UNOS
will be using Cabletron's SmartSwitches for its Organ Procurement Transport Network (OPTN), which matches organ donors to potential recipients.