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9/26/2014  |   10:00 AM - 10:30 AM   |  Ballroom A

Mandated Congenital Cytomegalovirus Testing: The Utah EHDI Experience

Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common non-hereditary etiology of hearing loss in children, accounting for approximately 20% of pediatric hearing loss in Utah. On July 1, 2013, Utah became the first state in the nation to mandate a cytomegalovirus (CMV) public health initiative. This law included a mandate for testing all babies who fail two newborn hearing screenings for congenital cytomegalovirus prior to 21 days of age. This mandate necessitated a shift in state newborn hearing screening protocols making the “1” in the national 1-3-6 EHDI guidelines no longer the goal in Utah. In order to meet the new CMV testing law, state protocols were revised so that all infants are screened and then re-screened (for those who fail the first screening) by 14 days of age to allow for CMV testing, if needed, to occur within the critical 21-day time window. In addition, our new state protocol needed to be devised and implemented within a short amount of time. Notification of the change in protocol and its necessity needed to be conveyed to all stakeholders in the best manner possible, to enlist their help and ensure “buy-in”. This talk will share the Utah EHDI Experience in making that happen.

Stephanie McVicar (POC,Primary Presenter), smcvicar@utah.gov;
Dr. McVicar is the Director of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program in Utah and the Program Manager for the Utah Department of Health (UDOH)'s Specialty Services (Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy) Program within the Children with Special Health Care Needs Bureau. She is the Project Director for the HRSA EHDI Lost to Follow-Up Grant and the Co-PI (Principal Investigator) for the CDC EHDI Tracking, Surveillance, and Data Integration Grant. She is the Core Audiology Faculty for the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program. Dr. McVicar is also the UDOH team lead for the Cytomegalovirus Public Health Initiative and Testing law and the Children’s Hearing Aid Pilot Program. Dr. McVicar is originally from Western New York and has over two decades of experience and knowledge in Audiology and the management of health care programs in both the public and private sectors.


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