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Organ Donation and Transplants

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Donate Life America - How to become an organ donor

Donate Life America is a not-for-profit alliance of National organizations and local coalitions across the United States that aims to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and to develop a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility. Register to become a donor at this site.

Glossary - Organ Donation and Transplantation

Glossary by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), explains terms such as Acute or Chronic Rejection, Allocation Policies, Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR), Graft Survival, histocompatibility and more

How Many Organ Transplants in US in 2017?

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) shows detailed statistics on organ transplants. As of early Feb 2018, there were nearly 115,000 waiting list candidates (over 95,000 for kidneys). Recent 2017 transplant volumes are shown

How much does an organ transplant cost? (2011)

Get ready to see some large numbers for the average charges of an organ transplant in 2011 dollars. Kidney transplant estimated at $262,000 for the entire process, including surgeon fees and drugs. Liver transplant at $523,000. Summary table of costs shown. Links to more detailed report by Milliman (shows cornea charges estimated at $24,400, autologous bone marrow transplant at $363,800, double lung at $797k, and liver at $577k. Multiple organ transplants easily top an estimated $1 million.) By Transplant Living, a project of the nonprofit United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), organization that maintains the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) under contract with HRSA

Organ and Tissue Donation/Transplantation

Official US government website for organ donation (organdonor.gov), including recent news about organ transplantation. Many resources on transplants are linked here. Updated 2018

Organ Donation (MedlinePlus)

General information about organ transplants and organ procurement, including cornea transplants and living donation; kidney transplant video; how to become a donor

Organ Transplants - Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Transplant survival rates on a regional basis (1-year, 3-year, 5-year) compared to national; kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, intestine. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Updated 2018 with 2015 survival data (2017 volumes).

Trends in Organ Transplants 1990 to 2010 (pdf)

One-page summary of number of organ transplants and grafts, and 1-year patient survival rates, shows 16,898 kidney transplants were done in 2010. Survival rates (2009) for kidney patients were nearly 95%. Waiting list for kidneys neared 94,600. Liver transplants were 6291, with nearly 17,000 people waiting. Table 181 is in the Healthcare Utilization chapter, from Census.gov in 2012. Only Excel format is available; no longer updated

See Also Consumer Health Ratings - Average Costs & Prices - Compare Hospital Charges  Editor's Pick

See our main category on Costs to see how specific hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers or clinics COMPARE on average prices or charges for many surgeries, hospitalizations, procedures and outpatient tests. The LEARN MORE listings show general average costs in your region if available

See also Consumer Health Ratings - Ratings, Report Cards and Credentials - Compare Quality  Editor's Pick

See our main page for public reporting of quality ratings and comparisons for individual hospitals, nursing homes, health insurance plans, and other health care services. Check your physician's credentials and doctor's license in this category

Other Helpful Listings

Blue Distinction Centers: Cardiac, Cancer, Hip, Knee, Spine, Bariatric Surgery, Organ Transplants

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and selection criteria for bariatric surgery, cardiac (heart) care, organ transplants (e.g. bone marrow/stem cell, heart, lung, liver, pancreas transplants), total knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and hospitals for 13 Complex and Rare Cancers (e.g. pancreatic, liver, bladder, brain, bone, esophageal, leukemia, rectal, thyroid cancer, head & neck, gastric). Detailed quality criteria are not readily disclosed. Lists organized by state for each specialty; updated 2015

CareChex America's Top Quality Hospitals 2015

Lists of top 10% hospitals in specialties such as cancer care, cardiac surgery, inpatient gall bladder surgery, GI care, general surgery, hip fractures, joint replacement, organ transplants, spinal fusion, stroke care, and more. Methodology does not disclose dates covered by the data. Announcing award-winning hospitals requires license fee to be paid. CareChex is a division of Comparion Medical Analytics, a for-profit information company, which appears to be a competitor to HealthGrades

Diabetic Kidney Problems and Dialysis (MedlinePlus)

Kidney damage from diabetes, called diabetic nephropathy, begins before you show symptoms. Diabetes is listed as the most common cause of kidney failure in the US - for which people require kidney dialysis or a kidney transplant. Learn about the connection between diabetes and ending up on renal dialysis

Florida Inpatient Hospital Ratings, Price Range, Satisfaction, Readmissions

Search condition, readmission rates, infections, volume, length of stay and range of charges (price range), 2016-2017 data. All age groups (not just Medicare), extensive set of health conditions/diseases, and the ability to rank order by top hospitals at the head of the list. Patient satisfaction results also shown. Definitions at this site are not always easy to find. Click on the hospital name to additional information about the hospital. Hysterectomy listed under Women's Health instead of Surgery. FloridaHealthFinder.gov

Hospital Ratings at HealthGrades (all states) 2018  Editor's Pick

Hospital Ratings (5-star, 3-star, 1-star) for over 30 diseases & inpatient procedures: Stroke, back surgery, COPD, diabetes, gall bladder surgery (cholecystectomy), bowel obstruction, GI Bleed, hip fracture repair, hip replacement, total knee replacement, prostate removal, TURP, hysterectomy (listed under gynecologic surgeries), respiratory failure, pneumonia, cardiac bypass, heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, defibrillator, pacemaker, valve surgery, sepsis, pancreatitis, pulmonary embolism, abdominal aneurysm, stomach surgery, peripheral vascular bypass & more. Probably Medicare-only data for most conditions, although some states provide maternity, appendectomy, and bariatric surgery (gastric bypass) data. More extensive list than the federal government's site. Publicly-traded company. Most data in 2018 ratings are from Medicare patients, from 2014 to 2016. Click on More to see 3-year patient volume, and actual mortality or complication rates compared to predicted. Patient satisfaction ratings are featured by HealthGrades. One hospital at time, unfortunately

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

Iowa Hospital Charges Compare provides information about volumes and average 2016-2017 charges (amount billed) and median charge at IA hospitals. Select one hospital to begin. Site allows 4 hospitals to be compared at one time for prices (if you select all cities to begin), length of stay, number of cases and more. Must select city first, then body system before finding the procedure. Provided by the Iowa Hospital Association, this is a starting point for comparing average cost of care between Iowa hospitals. Compare typical prices for surgery such as gall bladder removal, bowel surgery, knee joint replacement; childbirth and newborns, pneumonia, stroke, heart care, transplants, COPD,rehab, and many medical conditions. Severity of illness can be specified. Limited focus to one service and category at a time.

Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care - Certified Hospitals

List of Primary Stroke Centers, Stroke Rehab, and other disease-specific care certified organizations in the US. Most are hospitals. Other certified programs include orthopedic joint replacement (hip, knee), COPD (most listed under A for Advanced COPD), sickle cell services, burn center, bariatric surgery, high-risk OB; bone marrow, heart, liver transplants; cancer (including breast, lung, pancreatic, prostate); diabetes; AAA, Alzheimer's, sleep program, wound care, spine treatment program, migraines, Parkinsons disease, ESRD, palliative care, epilepsy, congestive heart failure, heart failure, AMI, pneumonia and more. Long list, may be hard to use because health condition certifications are listed under multiple titles such as "Advanced"

Nebraska Hospital PricePoint System (Inpatient Charges)

Find average price and typical charges for most types of inpatient hospital stays in NE. Example of hospitalizations: maternity prices, angioplasty, heart surgery, some cancer services, hip & knee surgery, bowel surgery, kidney and other transplants, pneumonia, stroke, UTI, gall bladder surgery (inpatient only). If you can't find it, check the comprehensive list (e.g. MDC 19 for mental health). Bipolar admission cost about $15,000 on average in 2016. Includes volume, average length of stay in the hospital, and median age of patient. Does not include physician costs. Shows one hospital/ one disease or condition at a time; 2016 data. All cities including Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Creighton, Norfolk, Kearney. NHA Care Compare is sponsored by the Nebraska Hospital Association

South Dakota Charges for Inpatient Hospital Stays - 2014

Find out and compare SD hospitals on 2014 average charges, or median (typical) price. After you select the hospital, you can see the average charge in all of South Dakota (e.g. avg $4368 for normal newborn, or $3265 median. Vaginal delivery for mom was $8891 average, and $8373 median.) All common hospitalizations shown, such as births and maternity delivery, knee replacement, heart failure, pneumonia, bowel procedures, COPD, angioplasty, kidney transplants (median $205,601), inpatient laparoscopic gallbladder removal (avg $40,071, but $44k to $46k avg. in Sioux Falls) and much more. Also shows length of stay. PricePoint site sponsored by SDAHO (hospital association)

Transplant WaitList  Editor's Pick

Waiting list numbers of people waiting for a transplant: Kidney, pancreas, liver, intestine, heart, lung transplants. In January 2018, about 115,000 people were waiting for a kidney. Survival rates shown on a regional level

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2017: Pulmonology (Respiratory)

Top 50 hospitals for respiratory problems, including Lung transplant, used Medicare data (including survival), reputation and other factors. National Jewish Health Center (Denver) and Mayo Clinic lead the list. For reference: small hospitals routinely treat pneumonia and COPD patients, and a tertiary medical center may not be necessary for effective treatment. This list by US News & World Report gives strong weight to survival, services available, reputation and other factors

Wisconsin Hospitals PricePoint (Average Inpatient Prices)

Average charge and length of stay for common hospitalizations including maternity and newborn births, hip or knee replacement surgery, gallbladder removal, heart surgery, angioplasty, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), valves, cardiac cath, pacemaker, pneumonia, bipolar and other mental health, stroke, back care, asthma, COPD, rehab; kidney, heart, lung or other transplant; hysterectomy, prostate surgery, bowel surgery & more. Also shows inpatient volumes. From WHA Information Center, part of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, using 2016-2017 data. Surgeon fees NOT included. Compare hospitals by city (anywhere in the state by adding cities). Wisc. Hospital Assn. created the PricePoint System now used in other states

Wyoming Hospital PricePoint - compare hospital costs

Compare inpatient charges in Wyoming for 60 common types of hospital admissions, like childbirth, hip or knee joint replacement, surgery, heart valves or stents, pneumonia, psychiatric admission, rehab, and many more. Average cost in WY is also shown. Site shows one hospital at a time, and uses clinical names instead of layperson language for the illnesses. WyoPricePoint by the Wyoming Hospital Association, shows 2013-2014 prices

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