Standardize communications (written and verbal) with parents about hearing screening results
Provide clear communication about next steps using the Patient Checklist for Primary Care Providers
Identify two points of contact for families of infants who did not pass such as a relative or friend
Offer a referral to Minnesota Hands and Voices
Schedule the follow-up appointment during the visit
Important Steps to Cover
Complete outpatient rescreening before 1 month of age
Educate parents about newborn hearing screening follow-up
Prepare quiet infant for screening
If infant does NOT PASS, schedule appointment for diagnostic audiological evaluation (Hearing Screening Follow-up Process)
Document outpatient rescreening result in:
Baby's medical record
Hearing Screening log book (if completed by hospital nursery staff)
Report final results to the parent, primary care provider, and MDH Newborn Screening Program
Report outpatient results to MDH using appropriate forms for: Audiologists: Audiology Results Report Form
Have a plan if infant/family does not show for appointment
Materials marked with * are available to order free-of-charge on the Minnesota Newborn Screening Program website.
Create and maintain a care map outlining expected care through the first year of life.
Timely referrals to appropriate providers are critical for reducing loss to follow-up.