International Cooperation to Advance Paired Exchange: First International Paired Exchange Website Launched

The first international paired exchange website was launched today at www.internationalkidney.org. Founding contributors include paired exchange programs from the United States, Canada, Australia & New Zealand (ANZKX), and the single center program from King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who are committed to advancing paired exchange and kidney transplantation worldwide. The founding contributors …

Donor Shield Adds Important New 7th Donor Protection: Lost Wages, Travel & Lodging Costs Related to Complications are Now Reimbursed

Today the National Kidney Registry (NKR) announced the addition of an important new 7th Donor Shield protection. Donors can now be reimbursed for lost wages and travel/lodging costs for any donation-related complications as part of the Donor Shield program. The other six Donor Shield protections include lost wage reimbursement for donation, travel & lodging reimbursement …

COVID19 Antibody Launched: National Kidney Registry and Viracor Eurofins Announce Coronavirus Antibody Testing for Transplant Community

The National Kidney Registry (NKR) and Viracor Eurofins announced a partnership today to deliver newly released COVID-19 antibody testing for NKR’s vast network of Member Centers. NKR is the largest paired exchange program in the world and serves approximately 100 transplant programs throughout the United States. NKR has relied on Eurofins’ specialty transplantation laboratories, VRL …

PCR Swab Testing Launched: National Kidney Registry and Viracor Eurofins Announce Coronavirus Rapid Turnaround PCR Swab Testing for Transplant Community

The National Kidney Registry (NKR) and Viracor Eurofins announced a partnership today to deliver testing for Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 disease) to NKR’s vast network of Member Centers. NKR is the largest paired exchange program in the world and serves approximately 100 transplant programs throughout the United States. The NKR has relied …

National Kidney Registry Improves Donor Lost Wage Reimbursement Program by Eliminating Income Restrictions

Today the National Kidney Registry (NKR) announced the elimination of all income restrictions on their Donor Shield lost wage reimbursement program. Inspired by President Trump’s recent executive order, the NKR has eliminated the $62,000 maximum income restriction for lost wage reimbursements and will now reimburse all qualified donors up to $1,500/ week in lost wages, …

UCSF Medical Center is First Transplant Center in the Western U.S. to Provide Donor Shield: Donor Shield Now Protects 20% of U.S. Living Kidney Donors

Today the National Kidney Registry (NKR) and University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) announced that all living kidney donors who donate at UCSF will be provided Donor Shield protections through the NKR. These living donor protections include reimbursement for lost wages, travel and lodging, in addition to donation life insurance, donation disability insurance, …