LAS VEGAS –— Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its annual Organ Procurement Organizations’ (OPO) Aggregate Performance Report, naming Nevada Donor Network (NDN) one of the top five highest ranked OPOs in the country for both organ donation rates and organ transplantation rates.
According to the public report, which utilizes the most recently available data collected from an independently reported CDC database of death certificates (in this case, from the 2019 calendar year), NDN is one of 27 OPOs classified as a Tier 1 OPO during this assessment period, meaning the organization is among the top 25th percentile for overall performance. This is the first report released since implementing new criteria for measuring OPO performance in the U.S., effective March 30, 2021, replacing the previous outcome measures and increasing competition amongst OPOs for donation service areas (DSAs) who do not meet expected performance thresholds.
When using the only internationally recognized metric for rating OPO performance, NDN is the nation’s highest-performing OPO in both organs transplanted per million population, and organ donors per million of population served.
“We are proud of the performance rates that NDN boasts based on both the country’s new regulatory metrics and the internationally recognized metrics,” said President and CEO of NDN Joe Ferreira. “Our team’s performance in collaboration with our community partners is a tribute to the heroic donors, their courageous families and the recipients we serve. While we’re happy with the current ranking, we will continually improve and innovate until all patients in need receive the gift of life and health.”
The full CMS OPO Aggregate Performance Report and methodology for how CMS calculates OPO rankings can be found here.
About Nevada Donor Network
Nevada Donor Network is a federally designated 501©(3) not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) committed to maximizing the gift of life and health through organ and tissue donation. Established in 1987, Nevada Donor Network is one of only 57 OPOs in the U.S. serving more than 3 million people in the state of Nevada and over 100,000 potential transplant recipients across the country. We work collaboratively with hospital staff and community partners to promote research and provide a strong support network to courageous donor families who’ve turned loss into hope.
At Nevada Donor Network, we encourage Nevadans to help individuals in need of life-saving transplants through education, research and action. Nevada Donor Network is a member of Donate Life Nevada, an affiliate of Donate Life America, whose state-wide efforts encourage Nevadans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information, please visit www.nvdonor.org.