16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA

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2/27/2017  |   2:00 PM - 2:30 PM   |  Rollover, Sit-up, Crawl, Toddle: Growing a Newborn Hearing Screening Program Certification Process   |  Hanover E

Rollover, Sit-up, Crawl, Toddle: Growing a Newborn Hearing Screening Program Certification Process

Texas has over 240 birth facilities and averages over 1,100 babies delivered daily. TEHDI program management has remained fairly constant since the program’s inception in 1999, and recently experienced a major re-organization in 2014. That year the certification process for the birthing facilities was updated to address the evolving needs of a large state screening program. Until that time, certification was based on a series of metrics that reflected the goals of a young program that focused on screening and data collection during the initial period following birth. The reorganization focused on: 1) the need for on-going engagement with screening personnel through education and dialogue about best practices for reducing the loss to follow up and loss to documentation rate, 2) care coordination beginning at the bedside, 3) use of the state management information system to document and track care throughout the TEHDI continuum of care, and 4) a redesign of the hospital performance assessment system. TEHDI has seen the most impact in the overall health of the program by way of instituting a requirement for screening personnel to participate in the annual series of Technical Assistance Training Webinars (TATWs) by adding attendance as a performance metric. The TATWs have been used to 1) introduce new performance metrics for certification and best practices for screening, 2) coordinate patient record reviews in preparation for annual CDC reporting, 3)train personnel on new features in the state management information system and 4) provide a forum for discussion about any issues related to screening and follow-up care. In this session, TEHDI personnel will discuss how the TATW’s were instituted as part of the overall performance assessment of a birthing facility, review past and future topics; explain how each event is scheduled and marketed and describe the technology used for hosting the TATW’s.

  • Explain how the TATW’s were instituted as part of the overall performance assessment of a birthing facility
  • Describe the technology used for hosting the TATW’s
  • Identify the ways to encourage participant interaction on a webinar

Presentation:
15804_5811MaryCatherineHess.pdf

Handouts:
Handout is not Available

Transcripts:
5811.rtf


Presenters/Authors

Mary Catherine Hess (), OZ Systems, mhess@oz-systems.com;
Mary Catherine Hess has worked with EHDI programs since 2002. Most recently she worked for OZ Systems as an Account Manager for the Texas EHDI Program and the USVI EHDI Program. Prior to that, she was the Program Administrator for Rhode Island’s EHDI Program from 2001-2008 and co-chair of the CDC EHDI Data Committee from 2007-2008. She has presented at local, regional and national EHDI events on topics related to newborn hearing screening, data management and data reporting, and most recently standards-based messaging for EHDI programs. She achieved her MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet University and holds a BS in Communication Disorders. She is a certified ASL/English interpreter. Her interests include communication access issues in health care settings, assistive technology and long-term outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children identified through the EHDI process. She is a yogi, pug lover and fan of NPR and folk music.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from OZ Systems.   Receives Other financial benefit for Consulting,Other activities from Vendor for the Texas Department of State Health Services .   Receives Salary for Employment from OZ Systems.   Receives Salary for Employment from OZ Systems.   Receives Salary for Employment from OZ Systems.   Receives Salary for Employment from OZ Systems.   Receives Salary for Employment from OZ Systems.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Doug Dittfurth (), Texas Department of State Hearing Services, doug.dittfurth@dshs.state.tx.us;
Doug has worked in the services with persons who are deaf/hard of hearing arena for over 40 years in several capacities: teacher, vocational rehabilitation counselor, interpreter, interpreter trainer, mental health/substance abuse counselor, rehabilitation facility administrator, consultant and state lead for advocacy for communication access and discrimination. His undergraduate studies include habilitation of the deaf, audiology and learning disabilities at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He has Master of Education degrees in Counseling and Psychometrics from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. As a certified interpreter, he holds Texas BEI Level III/Court Interpreter Certifications. After working for the state’s Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services for 14 years, he moved to the Texas Health and Human Service Commission's, Department of State Health Services as the coordinator of the Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) in July 2013.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.