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Should cCMV screening be offered if the parents opt out of the hearing screen?

Legislation does not require hospitals to screen for cCMV if a parent opts out of the hearing screen on behalf of their baby. However, each facility should develop procedures to address this circumstance. Some hospitals make an outpatient appointment for a hearing screen and experience a high rate of parental follow-through. If an infant fails the outpatient hearing screen, the primary care physician (PCP) is responsible for referring the infant for cCMV screening.

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