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Are non-birthing hospitals (i.e., pediatric hospitals) following a two-screen process or are they going straight to a diagnostic ABR after the first failed hearing screening? If the latter, when in the cCMV test completed?

The legislation does not contemplate this circumstance. This decision is up to individual facilities. It is recommended for newborns with prolonged NICU stays to receive diagnostic testing.

Testing for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

The Florida Department of Health, Newborn Screening (NBS) Program, is pleased to announce that beginning April 27, 2020, all newborns screened will be tested for a new condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). If you have any questions, please contact the