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A healthy Texas
Mission: Improve health and well-being in Texas
DSHS Laboratory Rules:
Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 73
ICD-10 implemented on October 1, 2015
Effective Oct. 1, 2015, DSHS Laboratory submitters must provide the appropriate ICD-10 code(s) for the laboratory (human) testing services requested. As a reminder, required fields for each laboratory specimen submission form are clearly marked with a double asterisk ** and/or the word “REQUIRED.” Failure to complete all required fields may result in the submitter being billed for the testing service, regardless of the payor selected.
More information on the ICD transition can be found on the DSHS ICD-10 pages.
Notice to all submitters who receive faxed report results
Effective August 24, 2015, the DSHS Laboratory upgraded the Public Health Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). This upgrade changes the method for how reports are faxed to submitters. Previously, each submitter would receive one cover sheet followed directly by multiple reports. For the new LIMs, each faxed report will begin with a separate coversheet followed by a single independent report. This change will apply to all providers who receive single and multiple reports via fax.
If you have questions about reports please call 512-776-6275.
Business Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fax (512) 776-7294
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756
Directions | Campus Map
Signs directing you to laboratory specimen receiving are located at the entrances
to the DSHS parking area from Grover Street, North Loop, and Sunshine Drive.
Laboratory Specimen Receiving is located in a seven-story beige brick building.
The specimen receiving department is on the north side of building. The entrance is at the far dock designated
as “Laboratory Specimen Receiving.”
Specimen Receiving Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00
Monday - Friday
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Services Section and its services.