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Transplant Referral Guide

CMS Conditions for Coverage

§ 494.80 Condition: Patient assessment 

V513 (10) Evaluation of suitability for a transplantation referral, based on criteria developed by the prospective transplantation center and its surgeon(s). If the patient is not suitable for transplantation referral, the basis for nonreferral must be documented in the patient’s medical record.

V554 (ii) Transplantation status. When the patient is a transplant referral candidate, the interdisciplinary team must develop plans for pursuing transplantation. The patient’s plan of care must include documentation of the– (A) Plan for transplantation, if the patient accepts the transplantation referral; (B) Patient’s decision, if the patient is a transplantation referral candidate but declines the transplantation referral; or (C) Reason(s) for the patient’s nonreferral as a transplantation candidate as documented in accordance with § 494.80(a)(10).

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Conditions for Coverage for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities; Final Rule. Federal Register 73:73 (15 April 2008) 

New Jersey State Regulations

8:43A-24.13 Patient care plan

b) Within one calendar month of initiation of dialysis treatment at the facility, a written plan of care shall be developed for each ambulatory dialysis patient by a multidisciplinary team consisting of at least, a nephrologist, a transplant surgeon or designee, a registered professional nurse, a registered dietitian, and a licensed social worker. The plan of care shall specify observable and measurable goals and expected patient outcomes. The multidisciplinary team shall analyze patient outcomes on a regular basis to assess the patient’s progress and evaluate current and future treatment modalities and modify the plan as necessary.

NJAC Title 8; Chapter 43A; Standards for Licensure of Ambulatory Care Facilities. N.J.S.A. 26:2H-5 and 26:2H-8Effective Date:  December 21, 2007

2021 Transplant Surgeon Designee Certification Program Schedule 

(Submitted transplant designee program schedules will be posted here.)
Transplant Center When Where Registration
University of Pennsylvania Kidney Transplant Symposium  SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Virtual

Event Inquiries: 
Margaret Leid
Transplant Outreach Coordinator 215-298-3929 
Register for the Symposium. 
2021 Transplant Designee Symposium

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, October 22, 2021 from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Free Virtual Event 

Event Inquiries: 
Jenna Bergquist
Transplant Outreach Coordinator
Register for the Symposium
Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Annual Transplant Surgeon Designee Course 

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Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Symposium will be held virtually through the Microsoft Teams Virtual Platform 
Event Inquiries: 
Janine Vallen
(856) 796-9375
For Virtua Colleagues, please go to the Virtua Learning System to register. 

For non-Virtua colleagues, please go to to register. 

Fee is $25.00.

Other Educational Events

  • September 21, 2021 - Updates & Outcomes in the New Kidney Allocation System - An update to dialysis professionals about the impact of the new kidney allocation system that went into effect in March 2021. The goal of the new allocation system is to improve access to kidney transplants in areas of the country that have longer waiting times. Dr. Francis Weng, MD, MSCE, discusses the impact of the new system at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and what this means for patients. 
  • May 18, 2021 - Increasing Access to Kidney Transplantation - A discussion that reviews kidney transplantation and the need to increase transplantation rates; compares transplantation of KDPI kidneys to remaining on dialysis or waiting for low-KDPI kidneys; discusses underutilized sources of deceased donor kidneys; examines available strategies to increase the living donor kidney pool and programs and resources designed to increase transplant knowledge and access through patient and caregiver education.
  • April 23, 2021 - 2021 Virtual Transplant Designee Symposium
  • February 26, 2021 – A Walk in Their Shoes:  Referral to the Transplant Waitlist - Join Hackensack Transplant Center for a free virtual meeting from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm. This educational activity is designed to provide the necessary knowledge for renal health professionals who wish to learn the process of renal and pancreas transplantation from referral to waitlist.
  • February 18, 2021 - The 30th Annual Dr. Shamkant Mulgaonkar Transplant Surgeon Designee Symposium Partners in Care: Transplant & Dialysis
  • January 31, 2021 - The First Steps to Transplant - The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) will present a free webinar from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on The Big Ask, the Big Give: First Steps to Transplant, an introduction for patients thinking about a kidney transplant, and potential donors thinking about donating a kidney. 
  • January 12, 2021 - Updates on the New Kidney Transplant Allocation System - Saint Barnabas Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division

View presentations from 2020.

Visit our Transplant QIA page for additional resources.