August 21, 2013
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section (LSS) has just completed the revision of rules concerning laboratory testing and fees for some laboratory services offered at the Austin Laboratory and at the South Texas Laboratory. These revisions will take effect September 1, 2013 and will include the discontinuation of some low volume tests, addition of new tests, renaming of some tests to more accurately reflect the actual procedure, and adjustment of some test pricing, as applicable.
These rules were adopted into the Texas Administrative Code and published in the Texas Register on Friday August 23, 2013 and they are also available to view at online at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml. A complete list of changes can be found on the LSS webpage at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lab/newRules.html.
Because the menu of tests we will offer after September 1st have changed, it was necessary to revise the submission forms. This packet includes master submission forms for your facility. Please begin using these forms by September 1, 2013.
If you have any questions please contact Susan Hoffpauir at 512-776-6030 (email@example.com) or Sandra Navarro at 512-776-2377 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Grace Kubin, PhD
Director, Laboratory Services Section