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Publication of Final Rule - Growth Disorders and Weight Loss in Children

Tuesday, April 14, 2015  
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April 13, 2015


We are writing to advise you that we published final rules for evaluating growth disorders and weight loss in children in the Federal Register on April 13, 2015.  These rules will be effective June 12, 2015.  These final rules reflect our program experience, advances in medical knowledge, and comments received from medical experts and the public and in response to an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking since we last comprehensively revised this body system in 1985 and listing 105.08 in 2007.  Some of the changes we made in the final rule include:

  • Revise the name of the body system from “Growth Impairment” to “Low Birth Weight and Failure to Thrive”;
  • Revise section 100.00, by providing new listings for infants with low birth weight and for children who have not attained age 3 who have failure to thrive;
  • Remove listings 100.02 and 100.03 for linear growth impairment;
  • Revise listing 105.08 in the digestive system;
  • Revise listings in the respiratory, cardiovascular, and immune systems that refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention growth charts or other growth charts by incorporating tables and other criteria we are proposing for listing 105.08; and,
  • Add a listing in the genitourinary impairments body system similar to the growth impairment listings in the other body systems.


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