Part One of this Action Kit is an Assessment Tool designed to help your audiology practice identify opportunities to improve follow-up after newborn hearing screening, while also creating efficiencies. The tool establishes four potential improvement areas:
1. Pre-Appointment Activities 3. Reporting Results
2. Appointment Procedures 4. Next Steps Following Diagnosis
The strategies listed in each of these improvement areas have been shown to improve organizational processes and outcomes for infants with hearing loss and their families. These steps promote high quality care for infants, ensure information is shared among providers, focus on effective communication with families, and strengthen the state EHDI safety net.
Audiologists play a key role in caring for children with hearing loss and ensuring they receive timely follow-up. The Assessment Tool enables you as a provider to consider the ideas that make the most sense for your setting given the context and constraints in your environment.
Who Should Complete this Assessment?
A team of people familiar with the policies, procedures, and day-to-day practice of the organization should complete the Assessment Tool. A representative from the state EHDI program should participate on this team. Team members may choose to fill out the assessment individually first, and then discuss the scoring during a group meeting. Ultimately, the team should reach consensus on the score of each component prior to moving on to the next area of potential improvement.
It should take no more than 60 minutes to complete this assessment. While this is just the first step in the process, it is essential to a successful start toward improving care for infants and families.
Rate your organization’s current practice for each of the improvement strategies listed using this rating scale:
1 - Not part of standard work but it is feasible and the practice may be interested in testing ideas in this area now or in the future.
2 - Has been implemented but the practice is unsure how reliably infants/families are receiving this element of care.
3 - Part of standard work and the practice is confident that at least 50% of infants/families experience this; may occur frequently but may not be documented or not built into policy/procedure.
4 - Included in the policy/procedures and the practice is confident that at least 90% of infants/families experience this; documentation for this item can be found in the infant’s medical record.
N/A - Not part of standard work in the practice and it is not feasible to add it to standard practice.