Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes


November 13, 2019

News from the Field

Joint Committee on Infant Hearing Year 2019 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs

The position statement, published in the Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, is an update on previous publications from 2013 (supplement on Early Intervention and 2007 Guidelines) on early hearing detection and intervention programs. Highlights include: Global Benchmarks and Rationale, Newborn Screening, Diagnostic Audiology and Audiological Interventions, Early Intervention and Family Support, Medical Considerations including risk factors for hearing loss, Surveillance and Periodic Rescreening of Hearing in the Early Childhood Years, Consideration of Universal Preschool Hearing Screening, Protecting the Rights of Infants/Toddlers and Families, EHDI Information Technology Infrastructure, Benchmarks and Quality Indicators, and Future Directions and Research Needs.

NIEER Special Report: Supporting Teachers in State-Funded Preschool

This special report from the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) summarizes results of the supplemental questions from the 2017-2018 State of Preschool Survey. The questions addressed state and program policies to support lead teachers in state-funded preschool in public schools and private provider settings. Topics include teacher qualifications, salary, benefits and professional development supports.

A Framework for Evaluating the Return on Investment of Telehealth

Manatt Health Strategies, LLC has developed a framework to assess the return on investment (ROI) of various telehealth programs. The framework takes into account the characteristics of different telehealth programs to inform a comprehensive analysis of the ROI of each program type. This brief demonstrates the application of the framework, and illustrates the financial impact of specific telehealth programs.