National Transplant Financial Coordinator Day is observed on April 10 every year. It was established by the board of directors of the Transplant Financial Coordinator Association (T.F.C.A.) in November 2020. The day is observed to raise awareness about transplant financial coordinators and patients going through organ transplant processes. This day aims to provide factual financial information to such patients and their families, along with maximizing the reimbursement for the transplant centers that come under T.F.C.A.
History of National Transplant Financial Coordinator Day
This history of this day starts in 1992, when the Patient Affairs Committee sought approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to instruct all transplant centers to appoint dedicated staff for providing financial counseling, and sorting insurance difficulties faced by the patients. Later that year, the UNOS proposal sent a proposal that emphasized the importance of the new role of Transplant Financial Coordinator (T.F.C.). A 1998 countrywide survey of 274 transplant hospitals states that 83 of the 133 responding institutions had staff that spent at least half of their work time dealing with the financial concerns of transplant patients.
On an average day, coordinators can check patients’ insurance coverage, seek transplant authorization, respond to inquiries, or deal with billing and collections. The results were presented at the sixth annual UNOS Transplant Management Forum. A recommendation for formalizing the position in the UNOS was also presented. Following the June 1999 Board Meeting, the requested recommendations were implemented.
On April 10, 2001, the T.F.C.A., which is a non-profit professional organization, signed an agreement of association. Its goal is to consolidate the distribution of helpful financial information related to organ transplants. The organization delivers relevant financial advice to patients and their families while optimizing compensation for their transplant centers. The T.F.C.A. Board of Directors established National Transplant Financial Coordinator Day in November 2020.
National Transplant Financial Coordinator Day timeline
The Patient Affairs Committee seeks permission from UNOS to guide all transplant centers to appoint a transplant financial coordinator.
According to a countrywide survey across 274 transplant hospitals, 62% have staff members who also perform the role of transplant financial coordinators.
The T.F.C.A. signs an agreement of association on April 10.
The T.F.C.A. Board of Directors establishes National Transplant Financial Coordinator Day in November.
National Transplant Financial Coordinator Day FAQs
How much does a transplant financial coordinator earn?
As per Glassdoor.com, a transplant financial coordinator earns around $66,472 per year in the U.S.
Is blood considered an organ?
Blood is one of the biggest organs in the human body, accounting for about 8% of total body weight.
Which hospital does the most transplants?
The Miami Transplant Institute at Jackson Memorial Hospital performs the most transplants.
How to Observe National Transplant Financial Coordinator Day
Participate in the T.F.C.A. workshop
The T.F.C.A. organizes a workshop every year in San Diego. You can try to attend this event. Further information is available on its website.
The T.F.C.A. is an independent and non-profit organization. Donate to assist the efforts of transplant financial coordinators across the country.
Use social media
If you don't know any transplant financial coordinators, publish a general post on social media with hashtags, and links to the T.F.C.A.'s website.
5 Important Facts About Transplants
Lungs are the most challenging transplant organ
Lungs are extremely prone to infections, which makes them one of the most challenging organs to transplant.
The transplant waiting list
There are 106,173 people on the transplant waiting list.
The most transplanted organ
As of 2021, most people wait for kidney transplants in the United States.
30,000 transplant surgeries
Over 30,000 transplants were performed in the U.S. in 2016, 2019, and 2020.
In the U.S., there are more than 250 organ transplant centers, with four in Donor Alliance's coverage area.
Why National Transplant Financial Coordinator Day is Important
Financial coordinators for transplants are honored
There are numerous jobs in healthcare. Despite being important to those undergoing organ transplantation, the transplant financial coordinators are often overlooked.
They help transplant recipients
Transplant financial coordinators assist the patients during the difficult procedures of organ transplantation. They also provide significant financial information to both patients and their family members.
They provide public education
Transplant financial coordinators educate the public while catering to the financial demands of organ transplant patients. They deserve a day to be appreciated.
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