PART 1: Centers forced to focus on benchmarks rather than patients
High-risk patients are being denied organ transplants even as thousands of viable organs are thrown out each year, as a result of government regulations that hold transplant centers to certain survival benchmarks. Centers are cherry-picking patients to ensure they comply.
PART 3: Centers feel regulatory pressure to avoid non-ideal organs
Gains made in expanding the supply of organs have been reversed as centers are reluctant to use organs that could bring down their overall post-transplant survival rates. Thousands of organs are wasted even as patients in need of them die on the waiting list.
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A body found on ranch land in Powell Butte on Wednesday has been tentatively identified as Shauna Fowler, a Powell Butte woman and Central Oregon Community College graduate missing for nearly three weeks.