Newborn Screening Information for Providers:
Ordering Screening Cards
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Ordering Newborn Screening Cards
Types of Newborn Screening Cards
Ordering Newborn Screening Cards for Out-of-Hospital Births
Newborn Screening Card Expiration Date
Void or Expired Newborn Screening Cards
The Newborn Screening Program has revised the screening cards used in Minnesota. With this revision, we have a new business process that will change the way we bill your institution. Please refer to the Announcements page for more information.
There are two types of newborn screening cards:
Used for newborns weighing more than 1800 grams at the time of birth. White newborn screening cards should always be used for infants born in out-of-hospital birth settings, regardless of weight.
Used ONLY for newborns weighing less than or equal to 1800 grams at the time of birth.
Out-of-hospital birth providers have several options in ensuring all of the infants born in their care have access to newborn screening. Providers may order newborn screening cards from the Newborn Screening Program for each expected birth or ask the parent to order the card. If the parent will be responsible for ordering the newborn screening card, the provider should make sure the parents are familiar with the ordering procedure and obtain the card in a timely fashion. Some providers may choose to refer the family to another provider to collect the newborn screening blood spots. In these cases, the Newborn Screening Program recommends that the birth attendant provides educational materials to the family and follows up to make sure the infant is screened.
The Newborn Screening Program also recommends that out-of-hospital birth providers who choose to provide newborn screening cards have at least one card available for back-up in case a problem with blood spot collection occurs.
Newborn screening cards are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Class II medical devices. Because of FDA regulations, the newborn screening cards are printed with expiration dates. The cards can be used for blood spot collection up to and including the last day of the month of the expiration date printed on the card. Expired cards submitted for screening will be considered unsatisfactory and another screen will be requested, which could delay diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, it is recommended that newborn screening card expiration dates are reviewed regularly to help manage inventory.
Please discard any new screening cards that are expired or void. You will only be billed for the screening cards that arrive at MDH for testing.
If any of the old screening cards are expired or void, please send them to MDH and you will be given a credit toward new cards.