Important Article: How Government Quality Guidelines Hurt Transplant Patients (Forbes)

I knew I’d end up commenting on this opinion piece when I spotted it in a Google alert.  I’ve heard professionals talk about this & knew it came into play, but didn’t realize the impact until very recently.

I also try in general to stick to hard news articles, but I felt that even though it was an opinion piece it was a balanced one & bolstered many recent findings & news reports that have covered this quandary.

Kudos to the author…

Some programs  still do right by their patients, but I think this is one of the reasons why I won’t consider some programs & why I disagree with how they manage their patients at some centers.

They seem to value their outcomes more & looking good rather than taking an occasional gamble on someone who might be a bit riskier but still a viable candidate to do well.

I think the author hits the nail on the head here.

I, for one, am glad that my centers of choice are less outcomes obsessed & more pro-patient & willing to take on challenging diagnoses.

I get what having great outcomes does for a center, but I have never felt it’s the end-all be all of a program.







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