Fee Schedule Information

  Background
  Effective July 1st, 2014, Minnesota Statute 144.123 will been changed and the MDH Specimen Handling Fee for Clinical Diagnostic Specimens will be 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.

We will be working with clinical laboratories to make this transition. If your laboratory has purchased fee stickers in 2013-2014, you may be contacted to set up contracts for fee-based testing for the specimens sent to MDH-PHL for specifically identified diagnostic testing.
  When is the last day MDH-PHL will accept fee stickers?
  MDH-PHL will accept fee stickers until August 31, 2014
  How do I get a refund for the fee stickers that I have already purchased?
  If you have extra fee stickers remaining after estimating your use through August 31, 2014, you may request a refund. Please contact Chris Eliasson at 651-201-5462 by July 15, 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 is the fee schedule for the fee-for-service tests?
  The fee schedule is near completion and you will be notified when complete.
  What if I still have questions?
  We will be working through the contracting process with many of our submitting laboratories. 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 Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 02:31PM