Newborn Screening Information for Providers:
Ordering Screening Cards

Newborn screening card

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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
Billing for Newborn Screening Cards
Void or Expired Newborn Screening Cards


Ordering Newborn Screening Cards

The Newborn Screening Program has set-up a standard shipment of cards for our providers. If you are not sure if you have a standing order already arranged, or if you need to get an automatic shipment set-up, please call the program with inquiries. If you experience a change in births and the automatic shipment is not sufficient, please contact the program to request a change in your standing order.


Types of Newborn Screening Cards

There are two types of newborn screening cards:

  • White
    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.
  • Yellow
    Used ONLY for newborns weighing less than or equal to 1800 grams at the time of birth.

Ordering Newborn Screening Cards for Out-of-Hospital Births

Out-of-hospital birth providers should also have a supply of newborn screening cards readily available. If your midwife does not have a supply of newborn screening cards, they should contact the newborn screening program to request the cards and accompanying educational materials.

Some providers may choose to refer the family to another provider to collect the newborn screening blood spots. In these cases, we recommend that the birth attendant provide educational materials to the family and follow up to make sure the infant is screened.


Newborn Screening Card Expiration Date

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, we recommend that providers review newborn screening card expiration dates regularly to help manage inventory.


Billing for Newborn Screening Cards

Your facility will be invoiced and billed monthly for the newborn screening cards that are sent in to be tested. The cost per card is $150. The monthly invoice you receive is for all of the cards you sent in for the previous month. You will only be billed for the cards that you send in to be tested. If you have void or expired cards, please dispose of them at your location. You do not need to send them to us. .


Void or Expired Newborn Screening Cards

Please discard any screening cards that are expired or void. You will only be billed for the screening cards that arrive at MDH for testing.