Caving in to pressure from HHS, the organization in charge of allocating donated livers for transplants has overhauled its criteria to favor the sickest patients.
By a vote of 30-3, the board of directors of United Network for Organ Sharing, Richmond, Va., late last week approved changes that will direct livers to the neediest patients. Stopping short of meeting all of HHS' concerns, UNOS did not adopt a national waiting list as a replacement for the current system, which weighs geographic factors.
Under the new policy, about 22% of donated livers are expected to go to the sickest group of patients, up from 14.5% today, UNOS said. The change is expected to be in effect by this fall, UNOS said.