DSHS: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force

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Meeting Summary. The Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force was created by Senate Bill 495, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. The multidisciplinary task force within the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) studies maternal mortality and morbidity. The task force studies and reviews cases of pregnancy-related deaths and trends in severe maternal morbidity, determines the feasibility of the task force studying cases of severe maternal morbidity, and makes recommendations to help reduce the incidence of pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal morbidity in Texas. The task force and DSHS must submit a joint report on the findings of the task force and recommendations to the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House of Representatives, and appropriate committees of the Texas Legislature by September 1 of each even-numbered year, beginning September 1, 2016. Members of the task force were appointed by the DSHS commissioner. Task force members appointed by

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