States Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico currently screens for 39 conditions. Each state runs its program differently, for more detailed information please visit their website at http://southeastgenetics.org/.

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Puerto Rico does not have a brochure available. You can find more specific information at their website.

What Conditions are Screened For in Puerto Rico?

Hemoglobin Disorders

About Newborn Screening in Puerto Rico

Program Overview:

The Puerto Rico Newborn Screening Program was funded in 1987, under the Law 84 of the Puerto Rican Government by Dr. Pedro J. Santiago-Borrero. Since then, this Program has been serving over 99% of the newborns on the Island offering quality, timely, and affordable laboratory screening with clinical follow-up to prevent the detrimental effects of certain disorders. Currently, we screen for more than 29 conditions recommended by the ACMG, and the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC) ((HRSA) 2006). Our laboratories have the following certifications that guarantee the quality of our service: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and the Department of Health from the Government of Puerto Rico and Joint Commission. In addition, our laboratories participate in the CDC’s Quality Assurance Program to validate the results.

How is Newborn Screening Paid for in Puerto Rico?

The newborn screening panel cost is prorated to every hospital for each sample submitted to our program for analysis. Each hospital is responsible for charging the patient for the newborn screening panel.

Policies and Resources

Opt-Out:

All newborns in Puerto Rico have to be tested for every condition included in the Newborn Screening Panel as mandated by the law 84 from 1987 of the Puerto Rico Government.

Support for families:

For those who screen positive we offer confirmative testing and clinical evaluation by subspecialists in the following areas: genetics, hematology, endocrinology, pulmonology, immunology and cardiology. We also offer comprehensive care including: social services, nutritional assessment and genetic counseling.

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