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Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

Lisa Schimmenti

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By Lisa A. Schimmenti, MD, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, and Abby Meyer, MD, Children’s Minnesota

 The 2018 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) National Meeting was held March 18-20, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. As Minnesota’s AAP EHDI Chapter Champions, we attended the meeting and met with other Chapter Champions from across the country to review the most recent data and to strategize for the upcoming year.

On a national level, data from the 2015 CDC EHDI Hearing Screening & Follow-up Survey (HSFS) showed that 98 percent of infants had their hearing screened, 96 percent by the benchmark timeframe of before 1 month of age. Nearly 72 percent had confirmed diagnosis by 3 months of age with a 28 percent loss to follow up/loss to documentation rate. About 88 percent of infants identified as deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) were referred to Early Intervention (CI) and 65 percent of DHH infants were enrolled by 6 months of age. For further details, go to: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/ehdi-data.html.

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New State Benefit for Children with ASD and Related Disorders

By Nicole Berning, MS, BCBA, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Research shows that early identification and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) results in more favorable outcomes. However, a recent study of ASD in Minnesota found that children were identified at an average of 5 years old.
To encourage early identification and intervention of ASD and related disorders, Minnesota has created the Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) benefit, which provides medically necessary treatment to people under age 21 on state health plans.

A 2014 CDC surveillance study showed 1 in 59 children have ASD
In 2018, 19,386 Minnesota children were identified as eligible for special education services under the autism category.

EIDBI services focus on supports that help people with autism and related conditions interact with others, learn and play, and improve functional communication. In addition, treatment strives to build independence and improve quality of life for the person and their family.

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Member Profile: Joe Neglia, MD, MPH

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You’re the physician-in-chief at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. You’re also involved in childhood cancer research. What does a typical day or week look like for you?

The days and weeks all vary a lot. Last week was spent doing work at our Children’s Oncology Group meeting in St. Louis. The focus for those 3 days was on pediatric oncology, our clinical trials operations, and planning for further research.

This week will be many more administrative meetings that will cover a wide variety of topics from clinic operations to academic recruitments. I continue to do my weekly clinic and to attend on the heme/onc service here at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital as well, so interspersed in all of this is clinical work.

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Legislative Session to Begin Feb 20

Eric Dick headshotEric Dick, MNAAP Lobbyist

With the arrival of the New Year, the 2018 legislative session looms large in the front of legislators and advocates. The session, scheduled to start on February 20, promises to be chaotic and likely acrimonious.

The 2017 legislative session ended with the Governor line item vetoing the funding for the Legislature over a conflict over tax cuts, and that disagreement is likely to leave a mark on the 2018 session.

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Word from the President

AndrewKiraguAndrew Kiragu, MD, FAAP

Since this is my first message of the year, I want to take this opportunity to wish each one of you Happy New Year! It is my sincere hope that the holiday season went well for you and your families.

As we embark on 2018, it is instructive to reflect on the year we have had and the one that lies ahead. I recently reviewed my message to you from around this time last year, and it is interesting — albeit somewhat sad — how many of the concerns we had remain the same.

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