Meghan Stephenson

Director of Maximize the Gift
Iowa Donor Network
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Brief Bio

Meghan started her career as an ICU nurse before falling in love with organ donation in 2007. After 5 years working the bedside as an Organ Donation Coordinator, she stepped into her first leadership role in Hospital Development in 2012. Since then, she worked as a Transplant Administrator for a brief stint before returning to the love of organ donation as the Director of the Maximize the Gift, overseeing the work of organ procurement, donor management, and organ allocation. She has her MSN with a focus on Leadership in Healthcare Delivery and her CPTC certification. At the end of the day, what really drives her is process improvement and data. Helping others make their jobs more efficient and effective fills her heart and she is a firm believer in something can always be improved. She loves bringing the experts to the table and working through flow maps and A3s. Overall, her passion is the pursuit of excellence, setting strategy into action, and bringing people along for the journey. When she finally calls it a day, you can find her at the yoga studio or hiking in some nearby wooded lot.

Area(s) of Focus
Procurement, prior Hospital Development experience, prior Kidney/Pancreas Transplant experience

Areas of Practice: Procurement

Alliance Presentations

CMS Final Rule 261764309

The OPO Response to the CMS Final Rule: Proactively Preparing for the Changes

Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 2:00pm

Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) have been proactively preparing for the CMS final ruling beginning August 1st, 2022. With a focus on ICD-10 codes and a tiered system, many organizations are working towards building awareness of donation and transplantation practices within their Designated Service Areas (DSAs). With these new guidelines, OPOs are needing to find ways to hold hospitals more accountable to ensure the new CMS metrics are achieved. Over the last 20 years, select hospital staff have become more knowledgeable of the current donation model and policies, but how can OPOs begin to develop relationships with other departments within the hospital to find champions willing to assist in the growth of donation and referrals within their hospitals? During this discussion, we will review strategies identified thus far and will explore other ways to continue growing donation within a DSA.

Lifelong Networks

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