Fee Schedule Information
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 of 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) or for specimens submitted as part of an investigation of an outbreak or for characterization of rare or novel pathogens. See Reportable Diseases A-Z: Reportable Infectious Diseases for more information about reportable disease requirements.
What if I still have questions?
If you have any unanswered questions, please contact Sharon Pendergrass, MDH‑PHL, Infectious Disease Laboratory Operations Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-201-5578, for any questions regarding fee stickers or fee for service testing.