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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 191. State Plan for the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program
7/12/2020

12VAC5-191-280. Scope and Content of the Virginia Congenital Anomalies Reporting and Education System.

A. Mission. The Virginia Congenital Anomalies Reporting and Education System promotes the evaluation of the possible causes of birth defects, the improvement in the diagnosis and treatment of children with birth defects, and the provision of information to parents and health professionals about the health resources available to aid such children.

B. Scope of services. The Virginia Congenital Anomalies Reporting and Education System provides the following population-based and enabling services:

1. Identification of children having certain birth defects using data from documents such as birth certificates filed with the State Registrar of Vital Records, hospital medical records, and newborn screening system records.

2. Collection of data to evaluate the possible causes of birth defects.

3. Publication of birth defect surveillance data.

4. Technical assistance and education to health professionals and parents.

5. Referral to Care Connection for Children.

This system is governed by § 32.1-69.1 of the Code of Virginia.

C. Criteria to receive services from VaCARES. Children with selected birth defects who are under two years of age and residents of Virginia are eligible for the services.

D. Goals.

1. Children with birth defects will receive early diagnosis and assistance in finding and accessing health care services.

2. Birth defect surveillance data will be used in making decisions regarding health services planning and to promote scientific collaboration for the prevention of birth defects.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-77 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 23, Issue 21, eff. July 25, 2007.

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