120109 Newborn Screening Fee Increase and Cystic Fibrosis


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December 1, 2009


Dear Provider:

The Texas Newborn Screening Program expanded its services to include screening for cystic fibrosis on December 1, 2009.  With this addition, all Texas newborns will now be tested for a total of 28 disorders detectable through bloodspot screening. 

Effective January 1, 2010, the cost of a newborn screening specimen kit will increase from $29.50 to $34.50.  This increase will cover the investment in laboratory resources for the cystic fibrosis test and will expand the program’s case management/follow-up to include cystic fibrosis.  

DSHS is committed to assisting healthcare providers during this expansion of the Newborn Screening Program. The following resources are/will be available:

  • Frequently asked questions regarding cystic fibrosis screening can be located at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/newborn/faqs_expansion_professionals.shtm
  • New and updated information sheets to guide providers in discussing newborn screening and to guide providers who have patients with abnormal cystic fibrosis screens will be available December 16, 2009. 
  • Online continuing education credit courses on newborn screening are available now at:  http://txhealthsteps.com/.  
  • A video on Cystic Fibrosis will be available in mid-December 2009. 
  • Additional questions can be e-mailed to: Newborn@dshs.state.tx.us

DSHS will continue to provide educational materials and resources in the coming months. Thank you for partnering with us as we care for the infants in Texas.


Jann Melton-Kissel, RN, MBA                                    Susan U. Neill, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Director, Specialized Health Service Section                 Director, Laboratory Services Section

Last updated December 20, 2010