Newborn Screening


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It is the goal of the Newborn Screening (NBS) Clinical Care Coordination Program to decrease the morbidity and mortality of infants born in Texas through customer-oriented, high quality newborn screening follow-up, case management and outreach education.

Nurse and newbornAnnouncements

Advisory Committee Members Appointed, Next Meeting Scheduled

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announces the appointment of three members to the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee by DSHS Commissioner Dr. David Lakey. DSHS welcomes back Dr. Alice K. Gong who was reappointed as a physician representative. Dr. Scott D. McLean was appointed as a health care provider representative. Ms. Felicia M. Adams was appointed as a hospital representative. Visit the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee membership page for more details.

The next Newborn Screening Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 2, 2014. Meeting details can be found on the committee business page.

UPDATE – Effective September 1, 2014: Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease in Texas

Beginning September 1, 2014, Reporting of Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) is mandatory in Texas. House Bill 740, 83rd Legislature Regular Session, 2013, added CCHD to the required Texas newborn screening panel. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has developed Texas Administrative Code rules for CCHD screening located in Chapter 37 §37.75 – 37.79.

Birthing facilities, hospitals, and physicians can utilize the CCHD toolkit (see link below) to assist with implementing CCHD screening. The toolkit was developed through the Texas Pulse Oximetry Project with support from DSHS. It provides educational and technical information on screening for CCHD, including the screening algorithm, brochures, and other information for physicians and nurses.

CCHD Required Report Form
Newborn Screening for CCHD will require the reporting of confirmed cases to DSHS. The form to report confirmed cases is located at the CCHD Reporting Form link below. Completed forms can be faxed or mailed to DSHS as follows:

FAX to:
FAX Number: (512) 776-7593
Attention: CCHD Program

MAIL to:
Attention: CCHD Program
DSHS Newborn Screening Genetics Branch
P.O. Box 149347, MC 1918
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

CCHD Toolkit
CCHD Algorithm
CCHD Reporting Form

CCHD Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our frequently asked questions web page for more information. Sign up to receive e-mail updates about newborn screening.

Free CE Accredited CCHD Course Available
The Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education module Critical Congenital Heart Disease will educate physicians about the need for early detection and intervention of CCHD in newborns, the protocol for conducting the screen, and what diagnostic testing should be performed in response to a positive screen. Providers will also learn about explaining the screening test to parents of a newborn and the role of the medical home in ensuring that the baby was appropriately screened and received any necessary follow-up.

Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) is one of the leading causes of death in infants less than one-year old. Each year in the United States, 4,800 infants (2/1000 live births) are born with CCHD. Early diagnosis and timely intervention can significantly reduce morbidity and mortality and can lead to better outcomes.

Any questions regarding CCHD screening can be e-mailed to or call Monica Molina, Newborn Screening Ombudsman, at (512) 776-3386. 

Newborn Screening In-Service Education

Newborn Screening (NBS) in-service education is designed to provide general information on the NBS program, genetic disorders screened for in Texas, specimen collection, the importance of early detection & treatment, and resources available to assist health care providers participating in newborn screening. In-service face-to-face trainings are generally for audiences of 15 or more.

Now available FREE Live Web Conferencing

Webinar trainings cover general information on the NBS program and are designed for small to mid-size groups. The webinar is a Web-based presentation that is transmitted over the Web, and allows participants to view attached documents and applications electronically from any computer. During the webinar, the Educator will present information regarding the NBS program, and the webinar format allows for open discussion dialogue and questions. Please contact Tasha Reese, NBS Educator to schedule in-service education for your organization.

Newborn Screening Newsletter - Spring 2014

Texas Department of State Health Services
Newborn Screening Unit
PO Box 149347 MC 1918
Austin, TX 78714-9347
1-800-252-8023 ext. 3957
Fax: 512-776-7450

Last updated September 17, 2014