Fee Sticker FAQ's - Clinical Laboratory - Minnesota Dept of Health

Fee Schedule Information

  Background
  Effective July 1st, 2014, Minnesota Statute 144.123 was changed and the MDH Specimen Handling Fee for Clinical Diagnostic Specimens was discontinued. MDH-PHL previously collected this fee in the form of a fee sticker. In lieu of fee stickers, MDH-PHL may enter into a contractual agreement to recover costs incurred for analysis for diagnostic purposes with the submitting facility. This change in the business practice of MDH-PHL is in response to dwindling resources and will allow for recovery of some of the costs associated with diagnostic testing. Isolates or specimens sent for surveillance programs, investigations of outbreaks or rare or emerging pathogens, and specimens sent from exempt institutions will NOT be subject to a fee.
  When is the last day MDH-PHL will accept fee stickers?
  MDH-PHL stopped accepting fee stickers August 31, 2014
  What tests will now require a fee for service?
  MDH will contract with and invoice non-exempt institutions for specifically identified primary diagnostic and reference testing. This includes:
 
Mycobacterial culture and smear
 
Reference Identification for Mycobacterium sp. that are not M. tuberculosis
 
Reference Fungal Identification
 
Diagnostic syphilis testing (including VDRL for neurosyphyilis)
  What tests will be continued to be offered without a fee?
  There will be no fee for any isolates or clinical materials submitted to the Department of Health as a requirement of Minnesota Rules, Part 4605.7040 – Infectious Disease Reporting Rule
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/dtopics/reportable/disease.html
or for specimens submitted as part of an investigation of an outbreak or for characterization of rare or novel pathogens.
  What if I still have questions?
  If you have any unanswered questions, please contact Sharon Pendergrass, MDH-PHL, Infectious Disease Laboratory Operations Supervisor, at Sharon.pendergrass@state.mn.us or 651-201-5578, for any questions regarding fee stickers or fee for service testing.

Updated Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 11:43AM