The mission of Nebraska Organ Recovery System (NORS) is a mission shared with the hospitals – To Save Lives. The collaboration between NORS and the medical professional plays a vital role in supporting grieving families and recognizing patient wishes regarding donation, ultimately leading to organs and tissues available for life-saving and life-enhancing transplantation.

Rules and Regulations

Organ, tissue, and eye donation is regulated by a number of agencies both in Nebraska and nation-wide. The purpose of these regulations ranges from when to make referrals to laws regarding consent. Below are the regulations that will have an impact on the Nebraska healthcare professional.

Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)
The Joint Commission
  • TS.01.01.01 & TS.02.01.01
  • Standards Interpretation Group Online Questions Form (The link is to the Standards Interpretation Group online questions form. The actual Joint Commission regulations can be obtained through the hospital manual purchased by the organization.)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
Brain Death Testing Training Program

AOPO has partnered with the Cleveland Clinic to create a free training program for physicians and others to help them better diagnose Death by Neurological Criteria (DNC). This training is open to OPO Staff, physicians at Donor hospitals and anyone else who could benefit from a better understanding of DNC.