The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has announced that “effective January 1, 2020, the new cost of PAID newborn screening (NBS) kits will be raised to $60.58 due to the addition of X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) to the newborn screening test panel. PAID NBS kits ordered on or after January 1, 2020 will be billed at the new price of $60.58.” The current price of the kit is $55.24.
DSHS is accepting stakeholder feedback regarding this increase until December 30th . Comments can be submitted to LabInfo@dshs.texas.gov or by mail at: Laboratory Services Section, Attn. Fee Schedule Changes, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347. TPS will be submitting written comments to DSHS and will continue to encourage them to consider the impact this increase will have on pediatricians.
Physicians can help to ensure payors are aware of this upcoming increase by sharing the information on the DSHS website (https://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/fees.shtm), where the public can view the current fee schedule (not yet updated with the increased rate) and a letter regarding the upcoming fee increase. SB 747 from the 2019 legislative session requires that TDI regulated plans must have their reimbursement rates updated on and no later than January 1st; however, many plans in Texas are not regulated by TDI, so sharing this information with the plans you contract with may help ensure they are ready for this change by the implementation date.