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8/22/2022  |   2:15 PM - 3:15 PM   |  Governor General I

The Utah Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Mandate...Nine Years Later

In 2013 Utah became the first state in the nation to mandate hearing-directed cytomegalovirus (CMV) testing for all infants who fail the “newborn hearing screening test(s)” before 21 days of age. The rule written to accompany the law clarified eligibility by stating that eligible infants are those who fail both the initial hearing screen routinely done at birth and the subsequent follow-up screen OR when the initial failed hearing screen is obtained after 14 days of age. There was also a clause pertaining to Special Populations of Newborns whom testing for CMV is left to the discretion of the medical practitioner(s) caring for the newborn. These different eligibility categories, ever-evolving protocols, along with large data collection and stakeholder education needs all contributed to what seemed like daunting tasks at the beginning, yet nine years later, more than just mandate-targeted newborns are receiving CMV testing. Come learn challenges we faced and how we overcame them; the growth in partnerships and protocols leading to increased testing; how our CMV testing mandate improved our EHDI program; strategies for a successful newborn hearing screening-targeted CMV testing program; and important outcomes.

  • Describe how the Utah CMV testing mandate has grown over the years
  • Identify key steps necessary in ensuring a successful CMV testing mandate
  • Discuss potential barriers to timely CMV testing and ways to overcome them

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Stephanie Browning McVicar (POC-Point of Contact,Primary Presenter), smcvicar@utah.gov;
Dr. Stephanie Browning McVicar is the Director of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program, the Children’s Hearing Aid Program, and the Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Public Education & Testing Program at the Utah Department of Health & Human Services. Dr. McVicar is an audiologist with expertise in infants and pediatrics, an advocate for CMV testing in newborns, and passionate about the prevention of congenital CMV infection. She is originally from Western New York and has extensive experience and knowledge in Audiology and the management of health care programs.


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