Who is Texas Perinatal Services?
Texas Perinatal Services is a division of the nonprofit Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation (TETAF). In 2015, TETAF established its Texas Perinatal Services division which specializes in neonatal levels of care and maternal verification surveys for hospitals across Texas. Learn More
What are perinatal verification surveys?
During the 2013 Texas legislative session, lawmakers passed new rules for hospitals that offer neonatal levels of care in Texas and maternal verification surveys. To receive designation for those specialties, hospitals must demonstrate compliance to the state rule. Patient care standards must follow national evidenced-based standards. Verification surveys evaluate that hospitals meet certain standards for caring for babies and mothers based on designation level. Surveys document if the hospital met the criteria including standards of care, equipment, policies, and guidelines. To continue receiving Medicaid funds, hospital NICUs must be designated by the state by Sept. 1, 2018, and maternal care units by Sept. 1, 2020.