Who is Texas Perinatal Services?
Texas Perinatal Services is a division of the non-profit Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation (TETAF). TETAF traces its roots back to 2006 when it was founded as a cost-effective resource for providing state-required verification services for Texas’ trauma centers. With strong support from the 22 Trauma Service Area Regional Advisory Councils or RACs, the organization built a reputation for its deep expertise in the Texas hospital market. Soon, TETAF’s work expanded to include stroke verification surveys and perinatal surveys. In 2015, TETAF established its Texas Perinatal Services division which specializes in neonatal and maternal care verification surveys and support for hospitals across Texas. Learn More
What are perinatal verification surveys?
During the 2013 Texas legislative session, lawmakers passed new rules for Texas hospitals who offer neonatal and maternal care services. 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 they meet certain standards for caring for babies and mothers based on their designation level. Surveys document whether the hospital has met the criteria defined in the law, including standards of care, equipment, policies and guidelines driving optimal patient are. To continue to receive Medicaid funds, hospital neonatal ICUs must be designated by the state by Sept. 1, 2018, and maternal care units by Sept. 1, 2020.