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Nephrology Policy: Kidney Transplantation

      Kidney transplant policy has not historically been considered a domain of nephrology policy; despite that, the US transplant system is marked by missed opportunities that prevent patients from accessing a kidney transplant. Policymakers in the federal government are focused on growing the inadequate supply of kidneys, especially on increasing procurement of deceased donor organs, and reducing kidney discards. There are many more challenges in transplantation that require the attention of experts in nephrology policy, whether in the Administration, Congress, advocacy organizations, or clinical practice. Thoughtful policy solutions are needed to improve transplant equity, balance competing patient desires, increase living donation, develop and implement measures of transplant center performance, and create an infrastructure for the long-term management of transplant recipients.

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