Hospitals sue over new federal liver transplant policy

ATLANTA (AP) — Hospitals and patients are suing to block a new nationwide liver transplant policy that they say will waste viable livers, lead to fewer transplants and likely cause deaths.

The suit filed Monday in Atlanta federal court accuses the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the United Network for Organ Sharing of hastily adopting the new policy and basing it on faulty assumptions.

At issue in the lawsuit is a change in how patients are prioritized for liver transplants.

An email to Health and Human Services was not immediately returned. United Network is a nonprofit that manages the U.S. organ transplant system. It said in a statement that the new policy provides a fairer system for patients awaiting liver transplants regardless of where they live.

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