|(a) Statutory authority. Texas Health and Safety Code §241.187
establishes the Perinatal Advisory Council (PAC).
(b) Purpose. The PAC makes recommendations to HHSC
on the designation of levels of care for neonatal or maternal care
assigned to hospitals.
(c) Tasks. The PAC performs the following tasks:
(1) develops and recommends criteria for designating
levels of neonatal and maternal care, respectively, including specifying
the minimum requirements to qualify for each level designation;
(2) develops and recommends a process for the assignment
of levels of care to a hospital for neonatal and maternal care, respectively;
(3) makes recommendations for the division of the
state into neonatal and maternal care regions;
(4) examines utilization trends relating to neonatal
and maternal care;
(5) makes recommendations related to improving neonatal
and maternal outcomes;
(6) assist in the designation of the centers of excellence
for fetal diagnosis and therapy as required by Texas Health and Safety
Code §32.072; and
(7) performs other tasks consistent with its purpose
as requested by the Executive Commissioner.
(d) Reporting requirements. The PAC must submit a report
not later than September 1, 2016, detailing the advisory council's
determinations and recommendations to the Texas Department of State
Health Services and the Executive Commissioner.
(e) Abolition. The PAC is abolished, and this section
expires, on September 1, 2025.
(1) The PAC consists of 19 members.
(A) Each member is appointed by the Executive Commissioner.
(B) Membership is allocated consistently with Texas
Health & Safety Code §241.187.
(2) Members of the PAC serve staggered three-year terms,
with the terms of six members expiring each September 1st.
(3) A member may be reappointed.
(g) Presiding officer.
(1) The PAC selects a presiding officer from among
its members beginning in 2017.
(2) Unless reelected, the presiding officer serves
a term of one year.