|DAVID L. LAKEY, M.D.,
1100 W. 49th Street • Austin, Texas 78756
1-888-963-7111 • http://www.dshs.state.tx.us
July 30 , 2007
It is difficult to maintain a modern public health laboratory with constantly changing technology and testing methods when faced with increasing demands, rising costs, and steady-state resources. Fees to cover testing costs at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory have not significantly changed since 2002. That is why it is important that DSHS identify and implement cost-recovery methods for testing services wherever possible.
Over the last year, DSHS completed a comprehensive cost analysis to determine appropriate costs for providing laboratory services. Effective September 1, 2007, DSHS will implement a new laboratory fee schedule for its services based on this cost study. DSHS will be notifying, by letter, those who currently submit specimens to DSHS laboratories of these fee increases.
In the event of potential communicable or vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, DSHS will work to identify funding sources to cover costs associated with any necessary testing. Regardless of whether a funding source is identified or not, these specimens would still be tested. Please be assured that DSHS will continue to provide outstanding public health laboratory testing to protect Texas citizens.
If you have any questions or concerns about these fee increases, please contact me at 512/458-7570 or email Susan Neill.
Susan U. Neill, Ph.D., MBA
Director, Laboratory Services Section