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OptumHealth's Clinical Sciences Institute evaluates transplant programs throughout the U.S. Only those transplant programs that meet our strict Centers of Excellence criteria are considered for inclusion in the OptumHealth Transplant Centers of Excellence Network. Programs are reevaluated each year to assure they continue to meet the standards for which they were originally selected.

Two Centers of Excellence Networks for Transplants

Because adults and children have significantly different needs when it comes to transplants, OptumHealth has developed a subset of the Transplant Network: The Pediatric Transplant Centers of Excellence Network. Transplant programs in the Pediatric Network are selected according to criteria that have been adjusted to reflect the overall volume and unique complexity associated with pediatric transplants.

See maps and listings of the medical centers within these networks:

Evaluation Criteria

Programs that participate in both The Transplant Centers of Excellence Network and The Pediatric Transplant Centers of Excellence Network are selected according to criteria in three areas: transplant program outcomes, transplant program structure and transplant program process. Criteria include:

  • Transplant Program Outcomes

o    Annual volume (number of cases)
o    Patient survival
o    Graft survival

  • Transplant Program Structure

o    Program affiliations
o    Program accreditations
o    Program experience
o    Physician experience

  • Transplant Program Process

o    Eligibility criteria
o    Written protocols
o    Clinical trials
o    Peer-reviewed publishing
o    Continuous quality improvement
o    Patient education
o    Caregiver education
o    Information management

Competitive and Cooperative Contracting

Medical centers within the Transplant Networks must be willing to meet OptumHealth's contracting terms. Rates need to provide economic value to OptumHealth clients and be competitive with other network medical centers.