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Joint Biennial Report of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force and the Texas Department of State Health Services

Source: 
Texas Department of State Health Services
Year of publication or last update: 
2016
Submitted July 2016, as required by Senate Bill 495, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session 2013. Explanation of processes involved and highlighted findings from evaluation of maternal deaths, and recommendations to help reduce incidence of pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal morbidity in Texas.

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force Report

Source: 
Texas Department of State Health Services
Year of publication or last update: 
2014
DSHS report of progress in establishing the task force, submitted to the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House of Representatives, and legislative committees September 2014, as required by Senate Bill 495, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session 2013. Explanation of activities and processes involved in establishing a task force and development of its operating protocols as the group began evaluating cases of pregnancy-related deaths and observed trends in severe maternal morbidity in Texas.

Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 34: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force

Source: 
Texas Department of State Health Services
Year of publication or last update: 
2013
Statute mandating formation of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force by Senate Bill 495, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session 2013.

Texas Facility Learning Module: Responding to Data Requests

Source: 
Texas Department of State Health Services
Year of publication or last update: 
2014
Texas Health and Safety Code gives the Department of State Health Services authority to access health and medical records relevant to cases of pregnancy-associated death and severe morbidity. This learning module provides facilities with an overview of Task Force authority and the facilities’ role in the record request process.

Letter to Record Administrators

Source: 
Texas Department of State Health Services
Year of publication or last update: 
2015
Letter sent by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) Interim Commissioner to facilities’ records administrators. Explanation of maternal mortality review initiative and scope of work, and authority given to DSHS under the specified Texas Health and Safety Code.

Medical Records Request Form – Hospital

Source: 
Texas Department of State Health Services
Year of publication or last update: 
2016
Fax Cover sheet and Records Request letter sent to hospitals in which the patient in question may have received services, including labor and delivery, postpartum, emergency department, outpatient labs or imaging, behavioral health or substance use treatment, and allied health services.

Medical Records Request Form – Provider

Source: 
Texas Department of State Health Services
Year of publication or last update: 
2016
Fax Cover sheet and Records Request letter sent to health care providers from whom the patient in question may have received services, including prenatal care, postpartum care, general or specialty medicine care, and visits to allied health services providers.

Autopsy Record Request Form

Source: 
Texas Department of State Health Services
Year of publication or last update: 
2016
Autopsy Records Request letter sent to a medical examiner’s office, hospital physician, or Justice of the Peace who received custody of the decedent in question. Records requested include the autopsy, toxicology results, and any additional consultant or co-investigation reports.

Maternal Mortality in Texas: Using Precision Public Health to Improve Maternal Outcomes (with Appendix)

Source: 
Texas Department of State Health Services
Year of publication or last update: 
2016
Explanation of methodologies and sources used in various interpretations of the rates of maternal mortality and related causes and risk factors in Texas, as well as examples of activities and collaborations (planned or already in place) directly related to the recommendations made by the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force.