This article reviews the essential components of a high quality newborn hearing screening program and it examines important questions and considerations for hospitals considering outsourcing of newborn hearing screening. Specific issues include hiring, training, and evaluation of personnel; special considerations for the NICU; implications of a screening model that requires families to “opt-in”; implications for choice of technology; instrumentation and screening protocols; tracking and surveillance for infants who do not pass the initial screening; billing and collection practices; and the impact of outsourcing on a hospital’s institutional mission.
Winston, R. L. & Roush, J. (2016). Outsourcing Hospital-Based Newborn Hearing Screening: Key Questions and Considerations. Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, 1(1), 21-25.
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