Research Proposal

Organ Transplant Trends


The goal is to find out about trends and innovations in the US organ transplant industry, especially surrounding kidney and liver transplants, as well as the financial impacts on Medicare, and the number of discarded kidney and liver donations.

Early Findings

  • There were 21,267 kidneys transplanted from both live and deceased donors in 2018.
  • There were 8,250 liver transplants using donated livers in 2018.
  • In 2017, the over 25% of deceased organ donors died due to drug overdoses.
  • Scientific advances are allowing some HCV-infected organs to be donated. Before these innovations, they would have to be automatically rejected. The new process allows patients to receive the infected organ, be monitored for signs of the infection, and if they show signs they will be treated for the infection.
  • According to the American Transplant Congress, "the average increase in Medicare Organ Acquisition reimbursable for each organ procured for OPOs and CTCs in FY 2016 is $10,918 per kidney; $11,291 per liver; $11,371 per heart; and $9,294 per lung".
  • According to one study, between 2004 and 2014, 17%, or 27,987 donor kidneys were discarded. The number since the study has increased to 20%.
  • Though there are new advances in science that allow less-than perfect organs to be accepted, legal policies have not kept up and companies are too scared to take the risk by accepting more organs.
  • We found some proprietary research from one of our data partners which may be helpful:
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Alexandra Y.
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