Updates from the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening National TWG

Updates from the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening National TWG

Last July 14, 2016, the Department of Health Disease Prevention and Control Bureau conducted a meeting with the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening National Technical Working Group to discuss updates and issues on hearing screening center activities, certifications, compliance, and other pertinent concerns. Part of the agenda were as follows: Approval of the MOP Version 2.0 Report on distribution of the Registry Cards, inventory and revision of deed of donation Upcoming Certifying Courses in Davao, Butuan and Metro Manila applications for privately hosted courses Issue on facility code and licensing Inspection of Category B, C and D Centers Status of free standing hearing centers and issues on MOAs with private and government birthing facilities Philhealth issues: increase in hearing screening center rate from Php 200 to Php 350, confirmatory tests, hearing aid and speech therapy coverage, attachment of blue form to claims Penalties for non-compliance on certification (not on list), not using Registry Cards, not reporting PCSO, PAGCOR and other government agencies, making them aware of algorithms and standards   To download a copy of the Agenda, please fill in the details below: Your Name (required) Your Email...
IMPORTANT: All Newborn Hearing Screening Centers to Submit Monthly Report Data Backlogs

IMPORTANT: All Newborn Hearing Screening Centers to Submit Monthly Report Data Backlogs

26 May 2017 – The Newborn Hearing Screening Reference Center (NHSRC) of NIH requires ALL Certified Newborn Hearing Screening Centers to transmit data gathered from March 31, 2015 to March 31, 2016 using the standard spreadsheet template or MS Excel format on or before August 31, 2016 as indicated in the MOP Version 1.0 (DOH Circular 2014-0150 published March 31, 2014). *To ensure data security, please fill out with your contact details below before downloading the template. Your Name (required) Your Email (required)   To comply with Version 1.0 of the Manual of Operations (MOP) of RA 9709 for Newborn Hearing Screening, all certified centers should regularly submit monthly reports to the NHSRC. Due to stringent processes, NHSRC made data encoding for March 31, 2015 to March 31, 2016 easier by providing a spreadsheet template to help newborn hearing screening centers summarize their screening transactions per month. This is to address backlogs in data transmission while registry cards are distributed and while the implementation is in its infancy. Meanwhile, all certified newborn hearing screening centers are highly required to continue with the current online data encoding while data for March 31, 2014 to March 31, 2016 are encoded in the spreadsheet. Failure to comply is considered an offense in data transmission. After 3 identified offenses, the newborn hearing screening center shall be removed from the official list of Newborn Hearing Centers and will be required to undergo re-certification once removed from the list.   This requirement is further explained through an official communication letter below.       For more information, contact us here: Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Your Website Subject Your...

Newborn Hearing Screening Now Ready for Nationwide Implementation

1 May 2016 – After initial program implementation in selected centers, the Philippine Newborn Hearing Screening Reference Center is now prepared for nationwide implementation. NHSRC will be distributing Newborn Hearing Screening Registry Cards to all certified Category A Newborn Hearing Centers. As stipulated in DOH Circular No. 2014-0150, The Newborn Hearing Screening Registry Card is necessary to be able to carry out the services for newborn hearing screening. Here are some FAQs on how screening centers can avail the Registry Card.   How much is the Registry Card? Choose from: A. Php50.00 per set B. Php1,000.00 per booklet of 20 sets   Is there a limit when ordering Registry Cards? The MAXIMUM initial order is set at 15 booklets (good for 300 infants) or Php15,000 worth of Registry Cards PER FACILITY. The MINIMUM order would be 5 booklets (good for 100 infants) or Php5,000. *Quoted amount is EXCLUSIVE of shipping or courier fees which may vary depending on the number of booklets you purchase and your center’s location   Are the Registry Cards available for pick-up? You can request the registry cards to be delivered (shipping and courier fees may vary) or you may also request to pick up your order at the Newborn Hearing Screening Reference Center at UP Manila NIH Building Pedro Gil St., Ermita, Manila Mondays to Fridays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, except holidays free of charge. Order processing is 2 weeks for pick-up and 1 month for door-to-door delivery.   How to pay for the Registry Cards? Download and fill out the Order Form. Deposit the payment for the Registry Cards to: Account Name: UPM Trust and Liability Fund Account...

Newborn Hearing Screening Lecture

In the continued aim for updating health care professionals with competencies and standards for quality health service, NHSRC once again conducts newborn hearing screening lecture and updates for health professionals. Last November 11, 2015, Dr. Rosario “Chit” Ricalde, MD FPSO-HNS gave a lecture on RA 9709 Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Act of 2009 Background and Updates. She is the Liaison of the Newborn Hearing Screening Reference Center, National Institutes of Health University of the Philippines, Manila. Lecture Outline: What is newborn hearing screening? Why do we do newborn hearing screening now? How do we do newborn hearing screening now? What is RA 9709 Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Act of 2009? Implementation Categories of Hearing Centers Personnel Facilities 6. Updates To download a copy of Dr. Ricalde’s presentation, kindly fill in the following details below: Your Name (required) Your Email...

DOH Circular on the Guidelines for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program (UNHSP) Implementation

The DOH Department Circular on the Guidelines for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program (UNHSP) Implementation was released last March 31, 2014 to all health leaders and stakeholders including hospitals, health providers and patients across the country. The Department of Health- Family Health Office (DOH-FHO) and the Newborn Hearing Screening Center- National Institute of Health, UP-Manila (NHSC-NIH-UPM) developed guidelines for the implementation of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program (UNHSP) which will serve as a comprehensive guide and reference material for service providers and health workers who are engaged in the provision of newborn hearing screening, be it actual screening, training of health workers, or application of intervention strategies. Included in the circular are the roles guidelines of service providers for a clearer delineation and discharge of their functions. In the circular are the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Act 2009 and Manual of Operations for Republic Act 9709. You may download a...

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