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Study Calls for Modification of CMS Conditions of Participation to Preserve Access to Life-Saving Liver Transplantations under Less than Optimal Conditions
Date:11/5/2011

and/or to accept suboptimal donor organs.  Modification of risk adjustment, which is integral to performance measurement, is necessary to preserve access to liver transplantation among high risk recipients and sustain the optimal use of marginal donors."

The conclusion reached is that risk adjustment must be modified to preserve access to liver transplantation by high cardiovascular risk recipients and the use of marginal donor organs. "We believe that there is a need for mitigating factors that could justify inferior outcomes by transplant centers under specific circumstances. Failure to reach consensus on such a mechanism would result in continued risk-averse behavior by transplant centers undermining innovation and hampering advancement of the field of transplantation and ultimately compromising patient care," said Dr. Wang.

Abstract title:

Donor and Recipient Risk Aversion in Liver Transplantation

AASLD is the leading medical organization for advancing the science and practice of hepatology. Founded by physicians in 1950, AASLD's vision is to prevent and cure liver diseases. This year's Liver Meeting®, held in San Francisco, California, November 4 – 8, will bring together more than 8,000 researchers from 55 countries.

A press room will be available from November 5 at the annual meeting. For copies of abstracts and press releases, or to arrange researcher interviews, contact Gregory Bologna at 703-299-9766.

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