Last week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) completed the first site survey in Texas as part of an ongoing effort to improve maternal outcomes across the state, at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital located at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston. The site survey was designed to assess Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s compliance with Texas Administrative Code that requires all hospitals that provide maternal care to attain designations based on the level or complexity of maternal care they are able to provide to patients. The Texas legislation, passed in 2013, and the subsequently developed maternal designation rule, effective in March 2018, is one of many efforts to address maternal morbidity and mortality statewide. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is first in Texas to participate in the verification program and complete a site survey and take an important first step toward achieving a level of care designation.
Washington, DC -- Advancements in cancer treatment have dramatically improved childhood cancer survival, with research showing that five-year survival rates for children with cancer reaching almost 80 percent in recent years. However, these treatments may lead to serious, adverse effects on reproductive health, as well as a potential effect on the outcome of future pregnancies. Recognizing the role of gynecologists in helping to address these complications in female patients, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) has released new recommendations for ob-gyns to identify and treat gynecologic concerns in female children and adolescents before, during and after cancer treatment.
Organizations representing over 700,000 women’s and adolescents’ health care providers oppose all efforts to limit medically accurate health care information available to patients and to exclude qualified providers from participation in the Title X program. For at least 10 reasons, HHS should rescind the proposed Title X rule:
Our organizations, which represent more than 400,000 physicians and medical students, call on policymakers to join us in preserving the patient-physician relationship by ensuring that the practice of medicine is not unduly impeded by government interference.