Neonatal System Development

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The purpose of the Neonatal Levels of Care Designation is to comply with House Bill 15, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, which added Health and Safety Code, Subchapter H, Hospital Level of Care Designations for Neonatal and Maternal Care, Sections 241.181 - 241.187. House Bill 3433, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015 amended Health and Safety Code, Chapter 241 and requires the development of initial rules to create the neonatal/maternal level of care designation by March 1, 2018. The neonatal levels of care designation rule became effective on June 9, 2016 and the designation for neonatal level of care is an eligibility requirement for Medicaid reimbursement beginning September 1, 2018. The Perinatal Advisory Council (PAC) is developing recommendations for the maternal rules.


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Neonatal System Development

Overview

Survey Organizations 

Advisory Council and Subcommittee

  • Perinatal Advisory Council
    The Perinatal Advisory Council, created by House Bill 15 of the 83rd Texas Legislature (Regular Session), develops and recommends criteria for designating levels of neonatal and maternal care, including specifying the minimum requirements to qualify for each level designation and a process for the assignment of levels of care to a hospital, makes recommendations for dividing the state into neonatal and maternal care regions, examines utilization trends in neonatal and maternal care, and recommends ways to improve neonatal and maternal outcomes.

  • The Centers of Excellence for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
    The Centers of Excellence for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy subcommittee advises the PAC and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in the development of rules to establish the criteria a health care entity or program in the state of Texas will have to meet to receive designation as a Center of Excellence for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy 


Neonatal Facility Designation

 Documents

Facilities

Resource Documents

Provider training webinars: Introduction and review of the new requirements. Recordings of the training are listed below. Each link will take you to a page where you must enter your name and email address to access the video.  Webinar recordings:

Neonatal Application Packet Submission and Completion of the Self Audit Tool- September 14, 2016
View System Requirements

PowerPoint presentations from webinars:


Contact Us

By mail
Send mail correspondence to: 
Person's name  
Texas Department of State Health Services  
Office of EMS/Trauma Systems
Attn: Trauma Designation Program  
PO Box 149347 MC 1876 
Austin, Texas 78714-9347 

Staff Contacts

For technical assistance, call or email the Designation Program Specialist:

Shyriece Norris- (512) 231-5748
Shyriece.Norris@dshs.texas.gov

Michaella Meredith - (512) 231-5659
Michaella.Meredith@dshs.texas.gov

For process or rule clarification, please contact the following: 
Perinatal Designation Coordinators
 

Debbie Lightfoot, RN – (512) 231-5614
Debra.Lightfoot@dshs.texas.gov

Alisha Wilkin, RN – (512) 834-6743 Alisha.Wilkin@dshs.texas.govDanielle Vargas, R.N. – (737) 218-7069
Danielle.Vargas@dshs.texas.govVicki Gloria, R.N. – (737) 218-7079
Vicki.Gloria@dshs.texas.gov

Designation Program Manager

Elizabeth Stevenson, RN – (512) 834-6794
Elizabeth.Stevenson@dshs.texas.gov

Email questions or comments:
For more information, please e-mail EMS & Trauma Systems

Last updated February 26, 2019