Critical Congenital Heart Disease Reporting Now Mandatory

Beginning Sept. 1, reporting of critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) is mandatory in Texas. House Bill 740, which passed in the 2013 legislative session, added CCHD to the required Texas newborn screening panel. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has developed rules for CCHD screening.

CCHD is one of the leading causes of death in infants younger than 12 months. Each year in the United States, 4,800 infants are born with CCHD. Early diagnosis and timely intervention can significantly reduce morbidity and mortality and lead to better outcomes.

Birthing facilities, hospitals, and physicians can use the CCHD toolkit to help implement CCHD screening. The toolkit provides educational and technical information on screening for CCHD, including the screening algorithm, brochures, and other information for physicians and nurses. 

Physicians can report confirmed CCHD cases to DSHS with the required form, which can be faxed to the department at (512) 776-7593, or mailed to DSHS Newborn Screening Genetics Branch, PO Box 149347, MC 1918, Austin, TX 78714-9347.

You may email any questions regarding CCHD screening, or call Monica Molina, DSHS newborn screening ombudsman, at (512) 776-3386.

For more information, visit the DSHS newborn screening webpage.

Action, Sept. 2, 2014

Last Updated On

September 12, 2014

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