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Blue Distinction Centers: Cardiac, Cancer, Hip, Knee, Fertility, Maternity, Back, Spine, Bariatric Surgery, Organ Transplants, Gene Therapy, Substance Abuse

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and selection criteria for bariatric weight loss surgery, cancer care, cardiac (heart) care, fertility care, organ transplants (e.g. adult and pediatric bone marrow/stem cell, heart, lung, liver), pancreas (adult only) transplants, total knee and hip replacement, maternity care, back spine surgery, Substance Use Treatment and Recovery (new in 2020), cellular immunotherapy, and gene therapy for ocular disorders. Quality criteria can be found from the home page. In addition to Blue Distinction Centers, the Blue Distinction+ (Plus) designates high quality centers considered to have “more affordable care”. (No further information is available on prices.) Interactive database; updated 2021.

Organ Transplants – Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) is a secure transplant information database that has all national data on the candidate waiting list, organ donation and matching, and transplantation. Transplant survival rates on a regional basis (1-year, 3-year, 5-year) are compared to national; kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, intestine. Blood type, age, sex and many other comparisons are available. Volume of transplants by transplant center updated year-to-date 2022.

Transplant Waiting List Editor's Pick

Waiting list numbers of people waiting for a transplant: Kidney, pancreas, liver, intestine, heart, lung transplants. In May 2022, about 90,000 people were waiting for a kidney (18,000 in California alone) and 11,000 for a liver. Survival rates shown by age, sex and ethnicity.

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Organ Donation (MedlinePlus)

Find reliable ad-free information on organ donation from MedlinePlus. General information about organ transplants and organ procurement, including cornea transplants and living donation; kidney transplant video; how to become a donor; information for older donors and recipients.

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