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HCT Guidelines for Referral Timing and Post-Transplant Care

Every year, the NMDP/Be The Match partners with the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) to produce the most up-to-date transplant referral guidelines based on current clinical practice, medical literature, evidence-based reviews, and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines.  Access the updated guidelines to better understand the most appropriate timing for transplant referral resulting in optimal patient outcomes and survival.

Join us at the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings

Come see the following presentations from the Public and Payer Policy Team at the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings, February 21 – 25 in Salt Lake City!

Oral Presentations 

CMS Super Session: Medicare Updates, Case Studies and Hot Topics Panel Discussion

Administrative Directors Conference; Thursday, February 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon 

Get the latest need-to-know updates on Medicare coverage, reimbursement and billing guidance from experts Jugna Shah, President of Nimitt Consulting, Susan Leppke, Director of NMDP/Be The Match Public and Payer Policy, and Stephanie Farnia, Director of ASBMT Health Policy and Strategic Relations.


Co-Design of a Hematopoietic Cell Transplant e-Learning Module for Patients on Fertility Preservation and Family Planning 

BMT Nursing oral abstracts; Thursday, February 22, at 1:30 p.m. 

In collaboration with Northwestern University's Oncofertility Consortium, we've created an interactive resource to help patients understand how their fertility is affected by HCT and to help both health professionals and patients navigate available resources.


A National Survey Study of Transplant Physicians' Attitudes About Palliative Care

Thursday, February 22, at 4:45 p.m.

Learn about the results from a cross-sectional survey on transplant physicians' access to palliative care services and their perceptions/attitudes about palliative care.

Poster Presentations

Review Estimating Propensity Scores for the Receipt of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (AlloHCT) in Outcomes Research Using Claims Data: A Machine Learning Approach

Poster #370; Wednesday, February 21, from 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

Learn how machine-learning algorithms can be used to predict allogeneic HCT treatment and outcomes through propensity scoring and how this method compares to traditional logistic regression methods of calculating propensity scores.


Review of Commercial Coverage policies and Reference of ASBMT's HCT Indications Guidelines

Poster #641; Saturday, February 24 from 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
Understand the impact of ASBMT’s published standard indications guidelines on commercial insurance coverage of HCTY and learn how coverage policies are developed.

Meet Sheldon

While prepping for his high school final exams, Sheldon began to feel ill. This optimistic teen from Durham, N.C., thought his lingering stomach ailments and prolonged fatigue would pass after his workload lessened and he got more sleep. But when Sheldon collapsed on his way to an end-of-year ceremony, he went to the hospital.

Learn more about Sheldon's journey to find a match


NEW Drs. Jeffrey and Isabel Chell Clinical Trials Travel Grant Available

As you may recall, NMDP/Be The Match received a generous contribution from the Carter Family last year to continue their son Jason’s legacy by helping to get more people to participate in clinical trials which established the Jason Carter Clinical Trials Program. In partnership with the Jason Carter Clinical Trials Program, (JCCTP), the Drs. Jeffrey and Isabel Chell Clinical Trials Grant provides financial assistance to qualified patients (blood disorders/cancers), who need help paying for travel, ground transportation and lodging.

If you are interested in this program, or have any questions, visit, call 1-888-814-8610 or e-mail

Education Opportunities

Upcoming Conference

BMT Tandem Meetings – Feb. 21-25, 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah

Be sure to stop by our booth at Tandem to connect with our team. Learn about our advocacy efforts as well as new resources and services that could benefit you and your team.

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