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Fetal death edit specifications for the 2003 revision of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Fetal Death
  • Published Date:
    5/2004; Updated 2/18/2005
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  • Alternative Title:
    Classification and coding instructions for fetal death records
  • Description:
    Since the inception of a national vital statistics system, the states and the federal government have worked together cooperatively to promote standards and consistency among state vital statistics systems. The U. S. Standard Certificates of Birth and Death, and Report of Fetal Death are the principal means of promoting uniformity in the data collected by the states. These documents are reviewed and revised approximately every 10 years through a process that includes broad input from data providers and users. In 1997, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) appointed a panel of vital statistics data providers and users to evaluate the (1989) certificates. That panel completed its work in April 1999, and submitted recommended revisions to NCHS. Note: This document replaces Instruction Manual Part 3b, “Classification and coding instructions for fetal death records.”
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