Posts in Policy Updates
Concerns with the New Liver Distribution Policy

In December of 2018, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) voted unanimously to approve a new liver distribution policy. Among the policy’s provisions, it moved to a national rather than regional sharing system, and to a more standardized review of exception to the patient’s MELD scores (basically a numerical representation of severity of illness).

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Policy UpdatesDonna Cryer
Looking Ahead for Liver Health

All policy is liver health policy. In the two years since we launched the GLI Liver Health Policy Update one of our top priorities has been to expand the number of issues that are recognized as impacting liver patients and would benefit from the voices of liver health advocates. Liver patients, and those at risk of developing a liver disease, are in every community across the globe and are affected by a wide array of regulatory issues that determine how quickly new treatments can come to market. Regulations concerning pricing, reimbursement, and utilization management issues which either facilitate or limit access to treatments, the structure of healthcare delivery models for the specialized care that liver patients need and deserve, and funding for research so that more children, teenagers, working age adults, and seniors living with liver disease can be cured. You will see all those issues, as they arise in the U.S. and abroad, featured here.

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Policy UpdatesDonna Cryer
Cutting Costs, Not Care

Both the government and private sector in the U.S. are struggling to find new ways to limit the rapid rise in healthcare costs. The administration, following the May 2018 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) blueprint, America Patients First, is introducing several new proposals to lower patient costs for healthcare. However, certain efforts to reduce prices are misguided and put patient care at risk.

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Policy UpdatesDonna Cryer