Faith Community Health System’s (FCHS) Medical Records department has been recognized by the Texas Office of the Attorney General with an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) Award. The honor comes after a thorough evaluation throughout the past year, ensuring that FCHS and its team have abided by program regulations.
Under Texas law, the only time a father has rights to his own baby is if he married the mother BEFORE the baby was born. The Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP), which was created on September 1, 1999, was created so that the biological fathers can obtain legal rights without having to go to the court systems. This is the process that is audited.
The Office of the Attorney General monitors every hospital on an annual basis to ensure they are complying with AOP regulations. A paternity outreach coordinator visits each facility at least three times a year to evaluate how the AOP-certified staff and facility is executing the regulations as part of the program.
If a hospital’s quality control score ranges between 98 and 99 percent, the facility receives an award of recognition.