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House File 454

AN ACT RELATING TO MANDATORY UNIVERSAL NEWBORN AND INFANT HEARING SCREENING. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: DIVISION XV UNIVERSAL NEWBORN AND INFANT HEARING SCREENING Section 1. NEW SECTION. 135.131 UNIVERSAL NEWBORN AND INFANT HEARING SCREENING. 1. For the purposes of this section, unless the context otherwise requires: a. "Birth center" means birth center as defined in section 135.61. b. "Birthing hospital" means a private or public hospital licensed pursuant to chapter 135B that has a licensed obstetric unit or is licensed to provide obstetric services. 2. Beginning January 1, 2004, all newborns and infants born in this state shall be screened for hearing loss in accordance with this section. The person required to perform the screening shall use at least one of the following procedures: a. Automated or diagnostic auditory brainstem response. b. Otoacoustic emissions. c. Any other technology approved by the department. 3. Beginning January 1, 2004, a birthing hospital shall screen every newborn delivered in the hospital for hearing loss prior to discharge of the newborn from the birthing hospital. A birthing hospital that transfers a newborn for acute care prior to completion of the hearing screening shall notify the receiving facility of the status of the hearing screening. The receiving facility shall be responsible for completion of the newborn hearing screening. The birthing hospital or other facility completing the hearing screening under this subsection shall report the results of the screening to the parent or guardian of the newborn and to the department in a manner prescribed by rule of the department. 4. Beginning January 1, 2004, a birth center shall refer the newborn to a licensed audiologist, physician, or hospital for screening for hearing loss prior to discharge of the newborn from the birth center. The hearing screening shall be completed within thirty days following discharge of the newborn. The person completing the hearing screening shall report the results of the screening to the parent or guardian of the newborn and to the department in a manner prescribed by rule of the department. 5. Beginning January 1, 2004, if a newborn is delivered in a location other than a birthing hospital or a birth center, the physician or other health care professional who undertakes the pediatric care of the newborn or infant shall ensure that the hearing screening is performed within three months of the date of the newborn's or infant's birth. The physician or other health care professional shall report the results of the hearing screening to the parent or guardian of the newborn or infant and to the department in a manner prescribed by rule of the department. 6. A birthing hospital, birth center, physician, or other health care professional required to report information under subsection 3, 4, or 5, shall report all of the following information to the department relating to a newborn's or infant's hearing screening, as applicable: a. The name, address, and telephone number, if available, of the mother of the newborn or infant. b. The primary care provider at the birthing hospital or birth center for the newborn or infant. c. The results of the hearing screening. d. Any rescreenings and the diagnostic audiological assessment procedures used. 7. The department may share information with agencies and persons involved with newborn and infant hearing screenings, follow=up, and intervention services, including the local birth=to=three coordinator or similar agency, the local area education agency, and local health care providers. The department shall adopt rules to protect the confidentiality of the individuals involved. 8. An area education agency with which information is shared pursuant to subsection 7 shall report all of the following information to the department relating to a newborn's or infant's hearing, follow=up, and intervention services, as applicable: a. The name, address, and telephone number, if available, of the mother of the newborn or infant. b. The results of the hearing screening and any rescreenings, including the diagnostic audiological assessment procedures used. c. The nature of any follow=up or other intervention services provided to the newborn or infant. 9. This section shall not apply if the parent objects to the screening. If a parent objects to the screening, the birthing hospital, birth center, physician, or other health care professional required to report information under subsection 3, 4, or 5 to the department shall obtain a written refusal from the parent, shall document the refusal in the newborn's or infant's medical record, and shall report the refusal to the department in the manner prescribed by rule of the department. 10. A person who acts in good faith in complying with this section shall not be civilly or criminally liable for reporting the information required to be reported by this section. Sec. 2. NEW SECTION. 135B.18A UNIVERSAL NEWBORN AND INFANT HEARING SCREENING. Beginning January 1, 2004, a birthing hospital as defined in section 135.131 shall comply with section 135.131 relating to universal newborn and infant hearing screening. CHRISTOPHER C. RANTS Speaker of the House MARY E. KRAMER President of the Senate I hereby certify that this bill originated in the House and is known as House File 454, Eightieth General Assembly. MARGARET THOMSON Chief Clerk of the House Approved , 2003 THOMAS J. VILSACK Governor
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