Linda Ohler

MSN, RN, CCTC, FAAN, FAST
Progress in Transplantation
Linda Ohler

Brief Bio

Biographical Sketch: Linda Ohler, MSN, RN, CCTC, FAAN, FAST

With 30 years’ experience in transplantation, Linda Ohler served as a clinical transplant coordinator in heart and lung transplantation and VAD coordinator for 12 years at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, VA and Temple University in Philadelphia. She also served as a clinical nurse specialist and nurse manager in kidney, pancreas and islet cell transplantation at the National Institutes of Health (NIDDK) and later as a program manager for the Heart Transplant Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She served as a Director of Quality at Georgetown University for 4 years and later served as a Quality Consultant for Transplant programs on probation with <a class=”wpg-linkify wpg-tooltip” title=”<h3 class=”wpg-tooltip-title”><span class=”wpg-tooltip-term-title”>CMS</span></h3><div class=”wpg-tooltip-content”><p><strong>Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services</strong><br />
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Linda has served on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (1997-2000) and for the Washington Regional Transplant Community and in 2020 she was elected to the <a class=”wpg-linkify wpg-tooltip” title=”<h3 class=”wpg-tooltip-title”><span class=”wpg-tooltip-term-title”>AST</span></h3><div class=”wpg-tooltip-content”><p>American Society of Transplantation</p><p class=”wpg-read-more”><a href=”https://www.organdonationalliance.org/glossary/ast/”>Read More</a><p></div>” href=”https://www.organdonationalliance.org/glossary/ast/” >AST</a> Board of Directors. She has served on 4 <a class=”wpg-linkify wpg-tooltip” title=”<h3 class=”wpg-tooltip-title”><span class=”wpg-tooltip-term-title”>UNOS</span></h3><div class=”wpg-tooltip-content”><p><strong>United Network for Organ Sharing</strong>, the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system (OPTN) under contract with the federal government (HRSA)</p><p class=”wpg-read-more”><a href=”https://www.organdonationalliance.org/glossary/unos/”>Read More</a><p></div>” href=”https://www.organdonationalliance.org/glossary/unos/” >UNOS</a> committees including Operations and Safety Committee. In 2001 Linda was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 2012 she received the American Society of Transplantation’s Clinician of Distinction Award at ATC in Boston and in 2017 she was selected to be a Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation.

International Presentations:
Linda has lectured on transplant related topics in 10 countries including Japan, Russia, Hungary, India, England, Italy, Canada, Spain, Brazil and Australia.

Publications
Linda has co-edited/written 4 books on transplantation for nurses, published on transplant related articles in peer reviewed journals including AJT and Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Linda served as Editor of Progress in Transplantation for 23 years. Between 2008 and 2018, Linda interviewed 30+ pioneers in transplantation and published them in a series called Courage and Character, Leaders and Legends.

Area(s) of Focus
Quality, Regulatory, Education for pre, inpatient, post and living donation

Patient Group: Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal
Areas of Practice: In-patient, Living Donation, Post-transplant, Pre-Transplant

Alliance Presentations

CMS RFI Webinar Screen (Alliance.AOPO.AST)

Implications of the Proposed Changes to the Medicare Organ Transplantation Requirements

Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 1:00pm

On December 1st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comments on the proposed changes to the requirements that Transplant Programs and Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) must meet in order to be eligible for participation in Medicare and Medicaid Programs. CMS issued this request in response to the unfavorable comments the agency received regarding the previously proposed changes to the requirements in its FY 2022 IPPS proposed rule, which stakeholders felt did not holistically consider the impact of those changes to the transplantation system. The intended goal of this webinar is to raise awareness about the potential changes to the transplantation requirements and engage donation and transplant professionals in an open discussion to evaluate the prospective impact these changes will have on organ availability and access.

Lifelong Networks

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