NICU Verification

AAP NICU Verification Program

The AAP NICU Verification Program improves outcomes for high-risk newborns by supporting a system that ensures every high-risk newborn receives care in a facility with the personnel and resources appropriate for the newborn's ne




The state of Texas approved the AAP NICU Verification Program as a survey agency that can verify that your neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) facility meets the standards for desired level of care as outlined in the Texas Administrative Code (Texas Title 25, Chapter 133) and can provide the documentation needed for state designation to be eligible to receive payment through the Medicaid program for neonatal services. 

Why should a NICU facility select the AAP NICU Verification Program as a survey agency?

  • The AAP is the leading authority in NICU verification, having developed the standards for each level of care described in the Texas rules.

  • The AAP can provide consultation to your NICU facility related to the AAP perinatal guidelines.
    • NICU facilities meeting the level of care described in the AAP policy will receive a certificate of recognition.

Survey team

The survey team consists of experienced and credentialed neonatologists, neonatal nurses, and pediatric surgeons most of whom actively practice in Texas. The AAP NICU Verification Program provides NICU services for Level II, III, and IV Texas hospitals.

View leadership team biographies. ​

The AAP NICU Verification Program process is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1.  Submit a preliminary application that identifies the NICU's desired level of care.
2.  Complete a Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ).
3.  Host a multidisciplinary survey team for a site visit.

Documentation for state designation
Following the site visit, the AAP will provide the documentation that a NICU facility needs to submit with its application for state of Texas NICU level designation. In keeping with the AAP mission to improve the health of all children, during the state verification process, the AAP can also provide an assessment of how your facility aligns to the AAP "Levels of Neonatal Care."

Fee structure
Rates are based on level of survey needed (Level II, Level III, Level IV) for your NICU facility. Contact for rate information.​

For more information, contact​ to request a NICU preliminary application today!

​American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics is a nonprofit professional organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists (including 3,200 neonatologists), and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Since 1937, our Committee on Fetus and Newborn has been devoted to improving the care and survival of our most vulnerable newborns through the development of policy statements, including "Levels of Neonatal Care," to define the most appropriate environment and care for newborns. Our Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, formed in 1975, educates pediatricians and neonatologists on the best practices for caring for newborns and infants. 

The AAP NICU Verification Program was created to achieve the best possible outcomes by ensuring that every high risk newborn is cared for in a facility with the personnel and resources appropriate for the infant’s needs and condition. The AAP embraces the importance of multi-disciplinary approach to NICU patient care. Members of the National Association for Neonatal Nurses (NANN) were recruited for the program planning and oversight group, and NANN membership is required by all advanced practice nurses and nursing executives who apply to be surveyors.