December 19, 2019: The federal government has proposed two new rules aimed at increasing organ transplants in the United States.
According to the Associated Press, more than 113,000 people across the country are on the waiting list for a transplant, and thousands die each year while waiting for a new organ.
One of the new rules would allow donors to be reimbursed for lost wages and child or elderly care expenses incurred during hospitalization and recovery.
Currently, donor medical bills are paid by transplant recipient insurance, but donors are out of work for weeks and not all employers offer paid time off, AP reported.
The other new rule would tighten standards for organ procurement organizations (EPOs) that collect organs from deceased donors.
Instead of OPO's self-report data, its donation and transplant rates would be calculated using federal death records that show all possible donors available for each EPO, AP reported.
This would allow federal officials to evaluate OPO performance and produce low-performance OPO to match the best-performing ones.
There is a public comment period of 60 days before the new rules take effect.