HRSA takes new steps to transform the organ transplant system

Feb. 6, 2024
Aims to better serve patients.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is taking steps as part of its Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Modernization Initiative, leveraging new legal authority proposed in the President’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget and signed into law as part of the Securing the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act in September. 

HRSA is issuing requests for proposals (RFPs) in advance of executing multiple different contract awards.

HRSA is also taking steps to modernize the critical organ matching technology while increasing transparency and accountability by issuing new data reporting requirements to better address pre-waitlist and organ procurement practices.  

New HRSA actions include:

  • Releasing a contract solicitation to break up the OPTN monopoly and create an independent OPTN Board of Directors, including supporting a special election to seat a new Board of Directors within six months of contract award. 
  • Issuing a multi-vendor contract solicitation to support broad competition and best-in-class vendors for critical OPTN functions. 
  • Launching the discovery and development phase of the transition to a modernized OPTN IT matching system that leverages industry-leading IT standards and practices.
  • Taking action to address “pre-waitlist” inequities in the organ waitlist process and reduce variations in referrals to transplant and in organ procurement practices. 

HHS release