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HOUSE BILL NO. 117
INTRODUCED BY T. HENRY
BY REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
AN ACT REQUIRING NEWBORN HEARING SCREENINGS AND EDUCATION; AMENDING SECTIONS 53-19-401, 53-19-402, AND 53-19-404, MCA; AND REPEALING SECTION 53-19-403, MCA.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 53-19-401, MCA, is amended to read:
"53-19-401. Purpose. The purposes of this part are:
(1) to provide early detection of hearing loss in newborn infants as soon after birth as possible to enable children, their families, and primary health care providers to obtain any necessary multidisciplinary evaluation, audiologic assessment, treatment, and intervention services at the earliest opportunity and to prevent or mitigate the developmental delays and academic failures associated with late identification of hearing loss; and
(2) to provide the state with the necessary information to effectively plan, establish, and evaluate a comprehensive system of appropriate services for newborn infants and children who have a hearing loss or who are deaf or hard of hearing."
Section 2. Section 53-19-402, MCA, is amended to read:
"53-19-402. Statewide universal newborn hearing screening, tracking, and intervention program. (1) There is a universal newborn hearing screening program in the department of public health and human services. The department shall implement the program to encourage ensure a hearing screening test for all newborn infants to undergo for identification of newborn infant hearing loss. The department shall encourage implement the program to ensure newborn infant hearing screening tests to be are completed before discharge from a hospital or no later than 3 months 1 month after birth.
(2) The department shall adopt rules to:
(a) determine the volume of births that would allow a hospital or health care facility to be exempt from providing newborn infant hearing screenings onsite before discharge;
(b) develop information for and procedures by which health care providers, local health departments, health care clinics, school districts, and other appropriate resources may promote the importance of the screening of newborn infants' hearing and provide information regarding locations where screenings may be accessed for those newborn infants either not born in a hospital or who do not receive a screening in a hospital; and
(a) ensure that each licensed hospital, health care facility, or health care provider providing obstetric services:
(i) complete newborn hearing screenings for all infants before discharge or no later than 1 month after birth and report the results to each infant's primary care provider, including any recommendation for audiologic assessment for an infant with two failed hearing screenings; and
(ii) provide required education regarding hearing screenings and hearing loss;
(b) ensure monitoring of all babies screened in Montana and referred for audiologic assessment to ensure that they receive an audiologic assessment by 3 months of age;
(c) establish newborn hearing screening protocols that are objective and physiologically based;
(d) establish education protocols;
(c)(e) determine any additional establish reporting requirements that are related to newborn infant hearing screening, evaluation, audiologic assessment, treatment, and intervention services. recommendation for audiologic assessment, and audiologic assessment results; and
(f) ensure the electronic sharing of audiologic evaluation information of infants diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing with the Montana school for the deaf and blind, pursuant to the school's responsibility for intervention tracking as provided in 20-8-102.
(3) The department shall assist hospitals each licensed hospital, health care facility, or health care provider providing obstetric services in developing systems for reporting and in accessing funds to purchase hearing screening equipment by providing information on funding sources known to the department.
(4) The department may accept contributions, gifts, grants, or endowments from public or private sources for the use and benefit of this program."
Section 3. Section 53-19-404, MCA, is amended to read:
"53-19-404. Required education -- screening -- reporting. (1) Each licensed hospital, health care facility, or health care provider that provides obstetric services shall provide education to parents of infants born in the hospital or health care facility of the importance of screening the hearing of newborn infants and providing followup care. Education is not considered a substitute for the hearing screening.
(2) Every licensed hospital, health care facility, or health care provider that provides obstetric services shall report quarterly to the department of public health and human services and to the task force the following information and any other information required by rule:
(a) the number of infants born in the hospital;
(b) the number of infants screened;
(c) the number of infants who passed the screening, if administered;
(d) the number of infants who did not pass the screening, if administered;
(e) the number of infants who received followup care; and
(f) the number of infants with hearing impairment.
(2) Every licensed hospital or health care facility that provides obstetric services shall:
(a) perform newborn hearing screenings, including screening of infants transferred into the hospital or health care facility from another hospital or health care facility, unless the transferring facility has already performed the screening;
(b) report monthly to the department the following information:
(i) the infants born in the hospital or born outside of the hospital and transported or transferred to the hospital or health care facility;
(ii) the infants screened, including those infants born outside of the hospital or health care facility and transported or transferred to it from another hospital or health care facility or screened as part of a cooperative agreement with health care providers providing obstetric services in their service area;
(iii) the infants not screened and the reason each infant was not screened, in accordance with reporting requirements;
(iv) the infants who passed the screening; and
(v) the infants who do not pass their screenings and the contact information for the primary care provider who was notified of the screening results for each infant who did not pass the screenings.
(3) Every licensed audiologist performing audiologic evaluations of infants identified by hearing screening as needing audiologic assessment shall report monthly to the department the following information:
(a) the identity of infants referred to them for audiologic assessment;
(b) the referring person or health care facility;
(c) the birthing facility in which the infant was born; and
(d) the results of the audiologic assessment of each infant referred to them."
Section 4. Repealer. Section 53-19-403, MCA, is repealed.
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