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Changes to the Texas DSHS Laboratory Fee Schedule

Including a fee increase to the NBS test

   

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section (LSS) is in the process of revising laboratory testing and fees for laboratory services to meet business needs.  These revisions are proposed to take effect January 1, 2020. Stakeholders can submit comments until December 30, 2019 at LabInfo@dshs.texas.gov or by mail at:  Laboratory Services Section, Attn. Fee Schedule Changes, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347.  

 

Increase of Fees Due to Inflation:

The broadest change to the Austin and South Texas DHS Laboratory fee schedules would include the addition of 3% inflation to testing fees that have not been updated in the past year.  DSHS’ inflation-related increases would mirror medical inflation which is calculated by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Laboratory Services Section would adopt inflation-related increases to offset increased testing costs, such as laboratory supplies and various procedural/ technological changes that allow Texas to keep pace with public health lab testing standards.

 

There will be a fee increase to the NBS test:

Effective January 1, 2020, the new cost of PAID newborn screening (NBS) kits will be raised to $60.58 due to the addition of X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) to the test panel.  PAID NBS kits ordered on or after January 1, 2020 will be billed at the new price of $60.58.

 

Other fee schedule changes:

Visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/Fees/90-day-notice---Jan-2020-Fee-Schedule-Notice---full-letter-for-website.pdf to view all proposed fee schedule changes, including:

  • fee changes to existing tests,
  • changes to test names to more accurately reflect the actual test procedure,
  • new tests added, and
  • existing tests discontinued.

 

The new fee schedules will be posted to the DSHS Laboratory website by January 1, 2020.  To view the current Austin and South Texas DSHS Laboratory fee schedules, please use the following link: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/fees.shtm


DSHS Laboratory Forms:

As with previous fee revisions, the laboratory submission forms will also be revised.  Revised submission forms will be provided to you no later than 

December 31, 2019, and they may be used beginning January 1, 2020. 

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

Posted October 1, 2019



DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

Labor Day Holiday Closure:

 

Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019.

 

FEDEX DOES NOT HAVE PICKUP OR DELIVERY SERVICE ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND SPECIMEN STABILITY REQUIREMENTS.

   

THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

 

PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

      o 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
      o 956-364-8750 (Serology)
      o 956-364-8753 (TB)
      o 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

      To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

      http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

       

      Please refer to the FedEx website for their holiday schedule:

      https://www.fedex.com/en-us/service-guide/holiday-schedule.html

      THANK YOU

      Posted: August 22, 2019


      DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

      LBJ’s Birthday Holiday Closure:

       

      Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following time on

      Tuesday, August 27, 2019:

       

      Serology: OPEN ALL DAY

      Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON

      Emergency Preparedness: OPEN ALL DAY

      TB: NOON


      CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

      PLEASE DELIVER CLINICAL SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM FOR SAME DAY TESTING. IF CLINICAL SPECIMENS ARE DELIVERED AFTER 11:00, THEY WILL BE HELD FOR TESTING THE FOLLOWING DAY.


      THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

      Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

         

      PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

      • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
      • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
      • 956-364-8753 (TB)
      • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

       

      To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

      http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

            THANK YOU

      Posted: August 22, 2019        



      DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

      Independence Day Holiday Closure:


      Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed

      Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, 2019.


      TB Elimination submitters, please do not ship specimens on Wednesday, July 3.


      The Laboratory will resume normal business hours on Monday, July 8, 2019.

      PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

      956-364-8751 or 956-346-8752 (Clinical)

      956-364-8750 (Serology)

      956-364-8753 (TB)

      956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

      To sign up to receive email updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

      http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

      Posted June 18, 2019


      DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

      Emancipation Day Holiday Closure:


      Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen

      will close at the following hours on Wednesday, June 19, 2019:


      Serology: 5:00 PM

      Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): 2:00 PM

      Emergency Preparedness: 5:00 PM

      TB: Noon


      CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

      CLINICAL SPECIMENS DELIVERED AFTER 2:00 PM WILL BE PROCESSED AND TESTED THURSDAY, JUNE 20TH.


      The Laboratory will resume normal business hours on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

      PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

      956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)

      956-364-8750 (Serology)

      956-364-8753 (TB)

      956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

      To sign up to receive email updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

      http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm


      Posted June 18, 2019



      DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

      Memorial Day Holiday Closure:

      South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed:

      Monday, May 27, 2019 
      FedEx delivery will also be closed and unavailable to pick up packages


      The laboratory will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

      PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

      956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)

      956-364-8750 (Serology)

      956-364-8753 (TB)

      956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

      To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:


      http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

      THANK YOU


      Posted May 6, 2019




      DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

      Good Friday Holiday Closure:

        South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be CLOSED on

      Friday, April 19, 2019.

       

      TB ELIMINATION SUBMITTERS: PLEASE DO NOT SHIP SPECIMENS TO STL ON THURSDAY, APRIL 18. THE SERUM OF CHEMISTRY SPECIMENS CAN BE SEPARATED AND FROZEN FOR SHIPPING THE FOLLOWING WEEK. CBCs HAVE A 48 HOUR STABILITY FROM THE TIME OF COLLECTION. 

      CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

      PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS THURSDAY APRIL 18 BY 3:00 P.M.


      THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

      Monday, April 22, 2019

         

      PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

      • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
      • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
      • 956-364-8753 (TB)
      • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

      To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

      http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

      Thank You

       Posted April 11, 2019 



      The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section(LSS) is proposing changes to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

      The purpose of the changes is to repeal rules §73.54 and §73.55 related to the Fee Schedule for Clinical Testing and Newborn Screening, as well as Chemical Analyses, from TAC. Additionally, rule §73.41 will be amended to direct stakeholders to the LSS website to view the most current laboratory fee schedule.

      The public comment period ends January 27, 2019.  Additional details, including a full draft of the proposed rule changes may be found here.    https://hhs.texas.gov/laws-regulations/policies-rules/health-human-services-rulemaking

      Posted January 10, 2019 



      DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

      Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Closure Reminder:


      South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed:


      Monday, December 24, 2018

      Tuesday, December 25, 2018 

      Wednesday, December 26, 2018

      AND

      Monday, December 31, 2018

      Tuesday, January 1, 2019


      THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON


      THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2018–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018

      AND WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019

      PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

      956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)

      956-364-8750 (Serology)

      956-364-8753 (TB)

      956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

       

      Posted December 12, 2018   



      DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY 

      Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

       

      Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at NOON on Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23

       

      • Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON (Testing for TB Elimination clinical specimens received on Wednesday will be performed and reported)
      • TB Mycobacteriology: NOON
      • Emergency Preparedness (BT): NOON
      • Serology: NOON
         

      CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

      PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 21.

         

      THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON 

      Monday, November 26, 2018

         

      PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

      • 956-364-8751 or 956-3648752 (Clinical)
      • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
      • 956-364-8753 (TB Mycobacteriology)
      • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Prepardness)

          To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

          http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

          THANK YOU


          Posted October 31, 2018   


          The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section  is proposing changes to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

          The purpose of the changes is to repeal rules §73.54 and §73.55 related to the Fee Schedule for Clinical Testing and Newborn Screening, as well as Chemical Analyses, from TAC. Additionally, rule §73.41 will be amended to direct stakeholders to the LSS website to view the most current laboratory fee schedule.

          Changes to the Laboratory’s Public Fee Schedule will be made based on the business needs of the LSS and the public health needs of the department and posted on the Laboratory’s website for stakeholder review. Changes to available laboratory testing and related pricing may include implementing new testing methodologies, updating fees to reflect the cost of testing, and eliminating certain low volume tests to make more efficient use of staff time and to reduce costs. Any increase in fees may include processes for stakeholder input as well as customer communication regarding all changes to the fee schedule.

          A full draft of the proposed rule changes may be found in the draft rules section here. https://hhs.texas.gov/laws-regulations/policies-rules/health-human-services-rulemaking

          For questions or comments please contact Martha Thompson at martha.thompson@dshs.texas.gov or 

          (512) 776-6191 by August 31, 2018.

          Posted August 20, 2018  


          South Texas Laboratory Submitter Update: Dear Submitter

          Please refer to the link below to LSO’s website to determine your city’s Latest Call In Time for same day pickup. As long as the requested pickup is called in before the Latest Call In Time, same day pickup service is available. These times vary based on rural zip codes. Most metroplex areas will have later call in times versus outlying smaller cities.

          Please keep in mind the Chemistry and CBC stability times when you request pickup, especially specimens drawn late in the afternoon and your city has an early Latest Call In Time if you are requesting pickup the next day.

          www.lso.com/servicearea.aspx

          Posted: Jun 15, 2018


          DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY Independence Day Holiday Closure:

          Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following hour on

          Tuesday, July 3 through Wednesday, July 4

           Posted: Jun 15, 2018


          DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY: Good Friday Holiday Closure

          Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following hours on Friday, March 30, 2018:

          • TB: 11:00 a.m. (Sputum specimens received 3/30 will be   processed Monday, 4/02/18)
          • Serology: 11:30 a.m.
          • Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON (Testing for TB Elimination clinical specimens will be performed)
          • Emergency Preparedness: NOON

          CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:
          PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM.

          THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON 
          Monday, April 2, 2018

          PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:
           956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
           956-364-8750 (Serology)
           956-364-8753 (TB)
           956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

          To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:
          http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

          THANK YOU

          Posted: Mar 15, 2018


          DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY: Texas Independence Day Holiday Closure

          Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will close at the following times on

          Friday, March 2, 2018:

          Serology: 11:30 a.m.

          Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON

          Emergency Preparedness: NOON

          TB: 1:00 p.m.

          CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

          PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM.

          THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

          Monday, March 5, 2018

          PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

          • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
          • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
          • 956-364-8753 (TB)
          • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

          To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

          http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

          Posted 2/9/2018


          SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY:  Specimen Submission Forms    

          Please use the most current version of the F40-A Requisition Form (revision September 2017) when requesting clinical testing.   Please dispose of any prior versions of this form. 

          We will contact clinics who continue to use previous versions.  

          PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

          • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
          • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
          • 956-364-8753 (TB)
          • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)    

          To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

          http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

          Posted  1/25/2018


          DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY:  Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Closure Reminder:

          South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed: Monday, January 15, 2018

          THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

          Tuesday, January 16, 2018

          PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

          • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
          • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
          • 956-364-8753 (TB)
          • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)    

          To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

          http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm  

          Posted 1/12/2018


          Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Closure Reminder: South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed:

          Monday, December 25, 2017

          Tuesday, December 26, 2017

          AND

          Monday, January 1, 2018

          Tuesday, January 2, 2018     

          THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

          WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017 –FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2017

          AND WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018

          PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

          • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
          • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
          • 956-364-8753 (TB)
          • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

          Posted 12/15/2017


          Thanksgiving Holiday Closure Reminder: South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will close at NOON on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 through Friday, November 24, 2017

          Clinical Section (Chemistry and CBCs) and Serology

          • Cameron County and Hidalgo County clinics: Please deliver Chemistry, CBC, and Serology specimens by 11:00 am on Wednesday, 11/22/17.
          • Chemistry and CBC specimens received before 11:00 am on Wednesday will be tested and results reported.
          • Serology specimens received before 11:00 am on Wednesday will be held for testing on Monday 11/27/17.
          • Do not ship specimens through LSO, FedEx, or UPS on Wednesday, 11/22/17.

          Tuberculosis (TB)

          • Please submit Specimens for AFB smear and culture by 5:00 pm Tuesday 11/22/17. Samples received after that time will not be processed until Monday 11/27/17. 

          Emergency Preparedness

          • Section will be closed at noon on Wednesday, 11/22/17 through Friday, 11/24/17.

          THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017.

          PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

          • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
          • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
          • 956-364-8753 (TB)
          • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

          Posted 11/14/2017


          The updated DSHS South Texas Laboratory Specimen Manifest sheet is now available.   

          Please fill out the date, the patient’s name, the number of mustard top (or red top aliquots) tubes and the number of purple top tubes you are sending for each patient and the tests ordered for each patient. The last column will initialed by our staff when the contents of the container match the manifest. This manifest does not replace the requisition.

          Posted 05/08/2017

          Last updated October 1, 2019