Overview of States Use of Telehealth for the Delivery of Early Intervention (IDEA Part C) Services

A survey sent by the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) to IDEA Part C coordinators assessed their utilization of telehealth within states’ IDEA Part C programs.  Reimbursement for provider type and services and barriers to implement a telehealth service delivery model were identified. While many states are incorporating telehealth within their Early Intervention (IDEA Part C) services in order to improve access and overcome personnel shortages, barriers persist. To learn more about the survey findings and further detail of this overview, please follow this link.

Link: http://www.infanthearing.org/ti-guide/docs/ijt-partc-use.pdf

Medicaid Eligibility, Enrollment Simplification, and Coordination under the Affordable Care Act

This brief is helpful for financing issues related to EHDI and provides a summary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) March 23, 2012 final rule to implement the ACA provisions relating to Medicaid eligibility, enrollment simplification and coordination. The rule, which is effective Jan. 1, 2014, lays out procedures for states to implement the Medicaid expansion and the streamlined and integrated eligibility and enrollment system created under the ACA. Achieving this goal will require substantial process and system changes among state Medicaid agencies and close coordination between Medicaid, the new health insurance Exchanges and other insurance affordability programs.

Link: http://www.kff.org/medicaid/upload/8391.pdf

Speaking Skills Crucial for Hearing Impaired Children in the Classroom

More new research shows that the successful integration of hearing-impaired children into hearing classrooms is dependent upon how well the child can speak. Children with hearing loss, their parents, and their teachers can aid successful integration by focusing on speech development.

Link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121217140736.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Fhearing_loss+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Health+%26+Medicine+News+--+Hearing+Loss%29

TEDx Video about importance of EHDI programs

Watch the video of Dr. Karl White, founding director of NCHAM presenting at a TEDx event!

Over the past decade, tremendous progress has been made in ensuring that families have access to hearing screening when a baby is born. Approximately 95% of babies now receive a hearing screen shortly after birth. Now, greater emphasis must be placed on training early childhood education and health care providers.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfN1RPVuzl0

Save the Date: TEXAS EHDI SUMMIT (May 2013)

The Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Summit will be held in Dallas-Fort Worth on May 14 – 16, 2013. 
Mark your calendars now and plan to be part of an amazing collaboration
of health care and early intervention service providers, families, and
state and national representatives who will join forces to exchange best
practices, discuss program improvement and raise awareness of
successful strategies for improving the early hearing detection and
intervention process at state and local levels throughout Texas.

Registration opens in January 2013!

Link: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=2c5657f68ccf9885ff39d6b37&id=0edab962a5&e=93cde7a9fb

The December edition of Probes and Tips is now available: Part of the ECHO, Spotlight on Tennessee

The December edition of Probes and Tips is now available: Part of the ECHO, Spotlight on Tennessee. This edition includes such items as:

  • A recognition of Tennessee as a state where training in ECHO Initiative efforts have kept the Tennessee Head Start State Collaboration Office and the Part C (Early Intervention) Program very, very busy throughout 2011.
  • Tennessee’s keys to success that made all the difference in their efforts
  • A special thanks: “To all of you in TN and across the country who are
    giving the gift of hearing health to so many young children each day,
    the ECHO Initiative Team wishes you many gifts in return!!”

Link: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs154/1102782899287/archive/1111671251540.html

Pushing Science’s Limits in Sign Language Lexicon

Imagine trying to learn biology without ever using the word “organism.” Or studying to become a botanist when the only way of referring to photosynthesis is to spell the word out, letter by painstaking letter.
Now thanks to the Internet — particularly the boom in online video — resources for deaf students seeking science-related signs are easier to find and share. Crowdsourcing projects in both American Sign Language and British Sign Language are under way at several universities, enabling people who are deaf to coalesce around signs for commonly used terms. Read more of this article as published in the NY Times. 

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/science/sign-language-researchers-broaden-science-lexicon.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

False positive hearing screenings in caesarean newborns

Some researchers are
recommending that newborns delivered by caesarean section should not be given
the otherwise routine hearing screening in the first few days after delivery.
This will reduce the number of failed hearing tests.

The problem arises if hearing screening tests are done within a baby’s first
two days of life, researchers say. At that point, newborns delivered by
C-section have a higher failure rate than babies born by vaginal delivery.

Link: http://www.hear-it.org/False-positive-hearing-screenings-in-caesarean-newborns