Organ Donation

One end-of-life decision you might want to consider is if you wish to donate your organs after you die. The  U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Health Resources & Services Administration has a detailed list of what organs and tissues can be donated. If you do, make it part of the process when planning your advance directives and choosing your healthcare proxy. In fact, many people actually include this wish in their living will or allow their Healthcare Power of Attorney to make the decision. However, there are other things that can be done to accomplish this.

In most states, you can indicate this on your driver’s license. Some states will let you indicate this on your license plate.

You can also register with:

The organ recipient pays all the expenses associated with the donation.

All organ donations are overseen by an Organ Procurement Organization (OPO). An OCO expedites organ transplantation by recovering the deceased donor’s organs from the donor hospital and assisting with the distribution of organs to transplant hospitals. They are also involved in the medical evaluation and clinical management of potential deceased donors and assuring adherence to the Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Organ Procurement Organizations Conditions for Coverage: Revisions to the Outcome Measure Requirements for Organ Procurement Organizations.