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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 139ABORTION FACILITY REPORTING AND LICENSING
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL PROVISIONS
RULE §139.5Additional Reporting Requirements for Physicians
ISSUE 08/10/2012
ACTION Proposed
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

In addition to the annual reporting required by §139.4 of this title (relating to Annual Reporting Requirements for All Abortions Performed), physicians shall comply with this section when performing third trimester abortions and [or] when performing emergency abortions on certain minors or when abortion complications occur.

  (1) - (2)(No change.)

   (3)Reporting requirements for abortion complications.

    (A)Within 30 calendar days after the date the complication is discovered, a physician shall submit an abortion complication report on a form provided by the department; via certified mail marked as confidential to the Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics Unit, Post Office Box 4124, Austin, Texas 78765-4124; or electronically, confidentially via an encrypted format approved by the department.

    (B)The report must include:

      (i)the date of the abortion that caused or may have caused the complication;

      (ii)the type of abortion that caused or may have caused the complication;

      (iii)the name and type of facility where the abortion was performed;

      (iv)the name, date and type of facility where the complication was diagnosed and treated;

      (v)description of complications;

      (vi)the number of weeks of gestation at which the abortion was performed; and

      (vii)the number of previous live births of the patient.

This agency hereby certifies that the proposal has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on July 27, 2012

TRD-201203903

Lisa Hernandez

General Counsel

Department of State Health Services

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 9, 2012

For further information, please call: (512) 776-6972



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