Organ Procurement Organizations Opos

Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) coordinate activities relating to organ procurement in a designated service area. There are 63 OPOs (often referred to as organ banks) throughout the United States. Their service areas do not overlap. Some include parts of a state, and others include one or more states. The Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA) of the department of Health and Human Care Finance Administration (HCFA) of the Department of Health and Human Services designates and regulates OPOs and sets the criteria by which their performance is judged. OPOs evaluate potential donors, discuss donation with family members, and arrange for the surgical removal of donated organs. OPOs are also responsible for preserving organs and arranging for their distribution according to national organ sharing policies established by the OPTN.

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