Newborn Screening for Providers

Idaho state law requires the department's Newborn Screening (NBS) Program to test all infants born in Idaho for a number of rare but treatable disorders using a dried blood spot specimen. To make sure newborn screening tests are performed, Idaho Administrative code designates practitioners as the responsible party for specimen collection. The definition of "practitioner" includes physicians, nurses, and midwives who deliver or care for infants in hospitals, birth centers, or homes.

Practitioners are integral to newborn screening in that they are responsible for collection and handling of specimens for every infant in their care, as well as parent education and prompt action on incomplete or abnormal results referred to them. If an infant is affected, the practitioner’s actions and decisions to ensure rapid evaluation and appropriate treatment can have lifelong implications for the infant and the family.

Important Announcement
Announcement

NEWBORN SCREEN COLLECTION CARDS OUT OF STOCK NOTICE

The Idaho Newborn Screening Program was notified that the Idaho newborn screening collection cards will be out of stock until January 2023. PerkinElmer, the manufacturer that produces the collection cards, is facing supply issues similar to many other manufacturers and companies at this time.

The Idaho Newborn Screening Program will be substituting the Idaho newborn screening collection cards with Washington newborn screening collection cards until Idaho newborn screening collection cards become available again.

Please note:

  • The Washington newborn screening collection cards look different and request different information in comparison to the Idaho newborn screening collection cards.
  • There will be no change to the fees during the time the Idaho Newborn Screening Program must use the Washington newborn screening collection cards.
  • There will be no change to the conditions the Idaho Newborn Screening Program screens for during this time.
  • There will be no change to the newborn screening specimen collection card ordering process.

All Idaho Newborn Screening Providers will be required to use ID Submitter Codes for the birth facility, submitter, and follow-up care provider in the following format - IDXXX- to ensure that the specimen will be assigned to Idaho. Without the correct information, Idaho providers will not be able to look up their specimen results. 

Click here for an example of the Washington newborn screening collection card with instructions on how to complete the card.

Please disregard instructions regarding "Refusal of Testing." Idaho uses Idaho certificate (birth, death, stillbirth) information to collect data regarding blood spot or metabolic refusals. 

UPDATED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER MANUAL

The Newborn Screening Program has updated the Newborn Screening Healthcare Provider Manual and it can be found in the “Provider resources” section. Reach out to Stephanie Walters stephanie.walters1@dhw.idaho.gov or 208-334-5616 if you have any questions.

CONTACT US: 

For newborn screening program related inquiries, call the Idaho Newborn Screening Program: 208-334-5962

To get newborn screening results for patients with NO clinical concerns, please send a fax with the following information to 208-334-4946:

  • First and last name of the child
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Mothers first and last name

For Health Care Providers requesting expediated laboratory results for patients WITH clinical concerns (that show as pending on SRV) call: 866-660-9050

Newborn screening kits

 

The Idaho Newborn Screening Program strongly encourages providers to order newborn screening kits online through Access Idaho. 

Please allow two to three weeks for the delivery of kit orders. 

If you have any questions about your order, contact the Maternal and Child Health Section at 208-334-5962 or email IdahoMCH@dhw.idaho.gov.

 

NOTE: The State of Idaho mandates two tests. See IDAPA 16.02.12- Newborn Screening for details. Babies can be screened up to 6 months of age. The specimen of a baby older than 6 months will only be accepted by written request from the public health lab.

Order newborn screening kits online

Washington newborn screening kit options

Washington State Public Health Lab information

Washington State Public Health Lab (newborn screening) 

1610 NE 150th St

Shoreline, WA 98155

Phone: 206-418-5410

Toll free: 866-660-9050

Fax: 206-363-1610

 

Lab receiving hours

Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday and Holiday (except Thanksgiving): 8 a.m. – noon

Sunday and Thanksgiving: Closed

* Newborn screening specimens received by 10 a.m will be set up for testing the same day.

Single kits: $60.35
Double kits: $120.70
Triple kits: $120.70 (NICU Only)

Provider resources

PDF Document
Provides a wealth of information for the newborn screening practitioner including screening essentials, conditions included in the screening panel, summary of conditions, criteria for requesting follow-up specimens, screening practices, recommendations for specimen collection, unsatisfactory specimens, reporting results, problems in screening practice, educational services, fees and screening kit information, exemptions, and more.
Link to Webpage
A comprehensive list of all of the conditions and disorders the newborn screening program tests for.
Document
Instructions on filling out the newborn screening Washington collection kit.
PowerPoint presentation
How to properly collect a bloodspot specimen, handle, and ship specimens to the Newborn Screening Program.
PowerPoint presentation
PowerPoint Slides for the NBS lab transition Q&A webinar.
YouTube video
On Jan 27, 2021 the NBS program hosted an informational webinar to discuss the transition to Washington State Public Health Laboratory. Please watch for more information.
Document
To access newborn screening results online, please refer to the documents found here.
YouTube video
The Idaho Newborn Screening Program informational webinar regarding ID Directory, shipping, and accessing NBS results from Washington state lab.
PowerPoint presentation
The PowerPoint slides for the Idaho Newborn Screening Program informational webinar regarding ID Directory, shipping, and accessing NBS results from Washington state lab.
Document
Toolkit from Baby's First Test to help understand and communicate newborn screening results.
Additional procedures

Transfusions

Collect a specimen for the newborn screening test before giving blood to an infant. If there’s a transfusion before the first newborn screening specimen is collected, it can affect results for galactosemia, biotinidase deficiency, and hemoglobinopathies.

Parents who choose to not have newborn screening

  1. Should be provided with educational material regarding blood spot newborn screening
  2. Review the risk and benefits of blood spot newborn screening
  3. Sign a declination form for religious objection for the blood spot newborn screening
  4. Educate parents that a blood spot newborn screening can be collected up to 6 months of age
  5. Counsel parents about the Residual Blood Spot Specimen Return Form
Contact us
Idaho Newborn Screening Program
Address

450 W. State St., 4th Floor
Boise, ID 83702
United States

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