|(a) The department shall make notification of abnormal
screening results as specified in Texas Health and Safety Code, §33.014(a).
The department maintains an active system of follow-up for those cases.
The department will provide recommendations for clinical confirmation
following abnormal screening results.
(b) The department may request local health authorities,
and/or the designated staff in the department's health service regions
to provide follow-up and other appropriate assistance for individuals
at risk from the disorders referenced in §37.53 of this title
(relating to Disorders for Which Blood Specimen Screening is Performed).
(c) The person submitting the newborn screening specimen
may assist the department with follow-up of individuals at risk for
the disorders referenced in §37.53 of this title.
(d) The department will identify pediatric specialists
in the state who are available to provide consultation to physicians
and other health care practitioners regarding the diagnosis and management
of newborns with abnormal screening results. If a screening test indicates
that a newborn child is at high risk, department program staff will
provide the physician, or other health care practitioner if the infant
does not have a physician, with the names of appropriate consultants
in the infant's geographic area. The program may provide information
about abnormal screening results to the pediatric specialists who
cooperate with the department as part of the department's activities
under this subchapter.
(e) Each physician, local health authority, or other
individual shall report to the department all confirmed cases of the
disorders referenced in §37.53 of this title within 30 days of
obtaining such information.
(f) The department will collect and compile information
it receives under this subchapter and from other sources to derive
incidence/prevalence rates for the disorders referenced in §37.53
of this title. The data may enable the department to identify high-risk
population groups, with the ultimate goal of preventing severe sequelae
of the disorders.
(g) The department may follow up with a confirmed case
through periodic data collection from the physician and/or other health
care practitioner and/or parent, managing conservator, or legal guardian.
(h) The department shall maintain a registry of children
born in Texas who have been diagnosed as having one of the disorders
referenced in §37.53 of this title, as required by Texas Health
and Safety Code, §33.015(c).