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DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY
Thanksgiving Holiday Closure:

Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, 2021.


Specimens received on Wednesday, November 24 via Fed-Ex will be tested and results reported the same day.


CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:
PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 24 to ensure testing is completed before the holiday closure. 

THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON Monday, November 29, 2021

PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

  • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
  • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
  • 956-364-8753 (TB)
  • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

   

THANK YOU

    Posted November 5, 2021


    Changes to the Texas DSHS Laboratory Fee Schedule including a fee increase to the NBS test

    The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section (LSS) is in the process of revising laboratory testing and fees for laboratory services to meet business needs.  These revisions are proposed to take effect January 1, 2022. Stakeholders can submit comments until December 30, 2021 at LabInfo@dshs.texas.gov or by mail at:  Laboratory Services Section, Attn. Fee Schedule Changes, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347.

    There will be a fee increase to the NBS test:

    Effective January 1, 2022, the new cost of PAID newborn screening (NBS) kits will be raised to $63.55 due to the addition of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to the test panel.  PAID NBS kits ordered on or after January 1, 2022 will be billed at the new price of $63.55.

      Other fee schedule changes:

    Visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/Fees/90-day-notice-Jan-2022-Fee-Schedule-Notice-full-letter-for-website.pdf to view all proposed fee schedule changes, including:

    • fee changes to existing tests,
    • changes to test names to more accurately reflect the actual test procedure,
    • new tests added, and
    • existing tests discontinued.

    The new fee schedules will be posted to the DSHS Laboratory website by January 1, 2022.  To view the current Austin and South Texas DSHS Laboratory fee schedules, please use the following link: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/fees.shtm

    DSHS Laboratory Forms:

    As with previous fee revisions, the laboratory submission forms will also be revised.  Revised submission forms will be provided to you no later than December 31, 2021, and they may be used beginning January 1, 2022

      Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

    Posted October 1, 2021


    DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

    TB Elimination Requisition Reminder:

       

    STL has a revised Clinical TB Elimination requisition form for submitters to use: F40-TB Elimination Specimen Submission Form (Jan 2020) Revision Version 1.

    This form is the only form to be used for STL and all previous versions, including the F40-A form, need to be destroyed. The Payor Source has TB Elimination checked off. 

    If a patient has private insurance, that testing must be performed by a private laboratory.


    PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

    • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
    • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
    • 956-364-8753 (TB)
    • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

    To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

    http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

       

    THANK YOU

    Posted June 21 , 2021


    Customer Service Survey 

    South Texas Laboratory is dedicated to providing quality customer service and laboratory testing. We have a commitment to continuous improvement and improve our service, please help us by taking 5-10 minutes of your time to provide candid feedback regarding testing performed at STL. Download survey here Please submit completed survey by April 15, 2021, either with your specimen submissions, by fax, mail or by email to:

          

    Attn: Corrine Gonzales

    Fax: (956) 412-8794

    E-Mail: Corrine.gonzales@dshs.state.tx.us

    Mail: South Texas Laboratory

              1301 S Rangerville Rd

              Harlingen, TX 78552

           

    To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

    http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

     

    THANK YOU

    Posted March 17, 2021


    Texas Department of State Health Services Laboratory - Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey, Austin TX

     

    Please complete the following survey. Your responses are very important as they help us improve our services.

    The survey will take approximately 5 - 10 minutes to complete.  Please click here to begin the survey. 

    Please complete the survey by April 15, 2021.

    If you have questions, contact the DSHS Laboratory at 512-776-7578. 

    Posted March 15, 2021 


    DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY EMERGENCY CLOSURE:

       

    DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, UNEXPECTED POWER OUTAGES, AND BROKEN WATER LINES:

    Wednesday, February 17-Friday, February 19, 2021    

    THE LABORATORY IS EXPECTED TO RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS

    ON Monday, February 22.                  

    To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

    http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

    THANK YOU

    Posted Feb 17, 2021


    Effective January 1, 2021:  Fee Schedule Changes for Austin and South Texas Laboratories

    Effective January 1, 2021, the DSHS Austin and South Texas Laboratory Fee Schedules have been updated to reflect test additions, deletions, and fee changes. To view the revised fee schedules, visit the DSHS Laboratory’s website.  

    Posted January 01, 2021 


    DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

    Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Closure Reminder:


    South Texas Laboratory will be closed:

    Thursday, December 24, 2020

    Friday, December 25, 2020

    AND

    Friday, January 1, 2021

     

    TB Elimination submitters: Please do not ship specimens on Wednesday, 12/23 and Thursday, 12/31.

     

    The Serology department is not accepting specimens on Wednesday, 12/23 and Thursday, 12/31.

     

    RGSC OPC, Cameron County, and Hidalgo County submitters:

    PLEASE DELIVER CLINICAL SPECIMENS BY 12:00 on Wednesday, 12/23 AND on Thursday, 12/31 to ensure testing is complete.

       

    THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2020

    AND MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2021

         

    PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                                                                   
    • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
    • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
    • 956-364-8753 (TB)
    • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness) 
     

    THANK YOU

    Posted Dec 11, 2020


    DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

     Thanksgiving Holiday Closure:

    Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following hour on

    Wednesday, November 25 and will be closed through Friday, November 27:

                                                                                         
    • Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON (Testing for TB Elimination clinical specimens received on Wednesday will be performed and reported, do not ship specimens on Wednesday, 11/26.)
    • TB Mycobacteriology: NOON
    • Emergency Preparedness (BT): NOON
    • Serology: NOON
                                                                     

    THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

    Monday, November 30, 2020   

    PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                                                                   
      • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
      • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
      • 956-364-8753 (TB Mycobacteriology)
      • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)
       

        To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

      http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

        THANK YOU

      Posted Nov 16, 2020


      DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

      Veterans’ Day Holiday Closure:

      Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

         

      TB Elimination submitters, keep in mind specimen stability times for specimens collected Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10. Specimens collected on Monday, 11/9 should be shipped the same day. Specimens collected on Tuesday, 11/10 risk temperature (due to ice packs thawing) and stability issues if shipped same day and not received by the laboratory until Thursday, 11/12.

      Chemistries are stable for 48 hours or longer if aliquots are frozen and shipped on cold packs. CBCs are stable for 48 hours (do not freeze CBCs).   

       

      Cameron and Hidalgo County submitters, please deliver specimens by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 10 to ensure testing is completed.

             

      THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

      Thursday, November 12.

           

      PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

      o 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
      o 956-364-8750 (Serology)
      o 956-364-8753 (TB)
      o 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)


            To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

            http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

               

            THANK YOU

            Posted Oct 21, 2020


            Changes to the Texas DSHS Laboratory Fee Schedule

               

            The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section (LSS) is in the process of revising laboratory testing and fees for laboratory services to meet business needs.  These revisions are proposed to take effect January 1, 2021. Stakeholders can submit comments until December 30, 2020 at LabInfo@dshs.texas.gov or by mail at:  Laboratory Services Section, Attn. Fee Schedule Changes, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347.  

            Fee schedule changes:

            Visit https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lab/Fees/90-day-notice---Jan-2021-Fee-Schedule-Notice---full-letter-for-website.pdf to view all proposed fee schedule changes, including:

            • fee changes to existing tests,
            • new tests added, and
            • existing tests discontinued.

            The new fee schedules will be posted to the DSHS Laboratory website by January 1, 2021.  To view the current Austin and South Texas DSHS Laboratory fee schedules, please use the following link: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/fees.shtm 
             

            DSHS Laboratory Forms:

            As with previous fee revisions, the laboratory submission forms may also be revised.  Revised submission forms would be provided to you no later than December 31, 2020 for use beginning January 1, 2021.  

            Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

            Posted Oct 01, 2020


            DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

            LBJ’s Birthday Holiday Closure:

             

            Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following hours on

            Thursday, August 27, 2020:

            Serology: OPEN ALL DAY

            Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON

            Emergency Preparedness: NOON

            TB: NOON

               

            THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

            Friday, August 28, 2020.

               

            PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

            • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
            • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
            • 956-364-8753 (TB)
            • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

             

            To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

            http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                 

            THANK YOU

            Posted Aug 21, 2020


            DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

            Independence Day Holiday Closure:

             

            Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at 12:00 pm on

            Friday, July 3, 2020:

             

            THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

            Monday, July 6, 2020

             

            PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

            • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
            • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
            • 956-364-8753 (TB)
            • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)
                                 

            To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

            http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

            Posted May 26, 2020


            DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

            Emancipation Day Holiday Closure:

            Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at 12:00 pm on

            Friday, June 19, 2020:   

            CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

            PLEASE DROP OFF SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM.

            THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

            Monday, June 22, 2020/    

            PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

            • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
            • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
            • 956-364-8753 (TB)
            • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)          

            To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

            http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

            THANK YOU

            Posted June 12, 2022


            Notice regarding testing and submission of specimens for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) testing

             

            ALL specimens for 2019 nCoV testing require preapproval.   Contact your Local Health Department or DSHS Public Health Region (https://www.dshs.texas.gov/regions/2019-nCoV-Local-Health-Entities/) to ensure patient meets Patient Under Investigation (PUI) criteria for testing and to obtain DSHS approval to test. Specimens MUST meet PUI criteria for testing prior to shipping and WILL NOT be tested without prior approval.  Please DO NOT ship specimens prior to receiving this approval.

            Posted  February 10, 2020


            DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

            Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Closure Reminder:  


            South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed:

            Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (all day)

            Wednesday, December 25, 2019 (all day)

            Thursday, December 26, 2019 (all day)

            Friday, December 27, 2019 (at noon)

            AND

            Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (at noon)

            Wednesday, January 1, 2020 (all day)

            PLEASE DO NOT SHIP SPECIMENS MONDAY, DECEMBER 23 OR MONDAY, DECEMBER 30  

            THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

            MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2019

            AND THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020  

            PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

            • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
            • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
            • 956-364-8753 (TB)
            • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

              THANK YOU

            Posted  December 23, 2019



            Changes to the Texas DSHS Laboratory Fee Schedule

            Including a fee increase to the NBS test

               

            The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section (LSS) is in the process of revising laboratory testing and fees for laboratory services to meet business needs.  These revisions are proposed to take effect January 1, 2020. Stakeholders can submit comments until December 30, 2019 at LabInfo@dshs.texas.gov or by mail at:  Laboratory Services Section, Attn. Fee Schedule Changes, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347.  

             

            Increase of Fees Due to Inflation:

            The broadest change to the Austin and South Texas DHS Laboratory fee schedules would include the addition of 3% inflation to testing fees that have not been updated in the past year.  DSHS’ inflation-related increases would mirror medical inflation which is calculated by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Laboratory Services Section would adopt inflation-related increases to offset increased testing costs, such as laboratory supplies and various procedural/ technological changes that allow Texas to keep pace with public health lab testing standards.

             

            There will be a fee increase to the NBS test:

            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 test panel.  PAID NBS kits ordered on or after January 1, 2020 will be billed at the new price of $60.58.

             

            Other fee schedule changes:

            Visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/Fees/90-day-notice---Jan-2020-Fee-Schedule-Notice---full-letter-for-website.pdf to view all proposed fee schedule changes, including:

            • fee changes to existing tests,
            • changes to test names to more accurately reflect the actual test procedure,
            • new tests added, and
            • existing tests discontinued.

             

            The new fee schedules will be posted to the DSHS Laboratory website by January 1, 2020.  To view the current Austin and South Texas DSHS Laboratory fee schedules, please use the following link: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/fees.shtm


            DSHS Laboratory Forms:

            As with previous fee revisions, the laboratory submission forms will also be revised.  Revised submission forms will be provided to you no later than 

            December 31, 2019, and they may be used beginning January 1, 2020. 

            Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

            Posted October 1, 2019



            DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

            Labor Day Holiday Closure:

             

            Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019.

             

            FEDEX DOES NOT HAVE PICKUP OR DELIVERY SERVICE ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND SPECIMEN STABILITY REQUIREMENTS.

               

            THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

            Tuesday, September 3, 2019

             

            PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                o 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                o 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                o 956-364-8753 (TB)
                o 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                 

                Please refer to the FedEx website for their holiday schedule:

                https://www.fedex.com/en-us/service-guide/holiday-schedule.html

                THANK YOU

                Posted: August 22, 2019


                DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

                LBJ’s Birthday Holiday Closure:

                 

                Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following time on

                Tuesday, August 27, 2019:

                 

                Serology: OPEN ALL DAY

                Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON

                Emergency Preparedness: OPEN ALL DAY

                TB: NOON


                CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

                PLEASE DELIVER CLINICAL SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM FOR SAME DAY TESTING. IF CLINICAL SPECIMENS ARE DELIVERED AFTER 11:00, THEY WILL BE HELD FOR TESTING THE FOLLOWING DAY.


                THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

                Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

                   

                PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                • 956-364-8753 (TB)
                • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                 

                To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                      THANK YOU

                Posted: August 22, 2019        



                DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

                Independence Day Holiday Closure:


                Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed

                Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, 2019.


                TB Elimination submitters, please do not ship specimens on Wednesday, July 3.


                The Laboratory will resume normal business hours on Monday, July 8, 2019.

                PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                956-364-8751 or 956-346-8752 (Clinical)

                956-364-8750 (Serology)

                956-364-8753 (TB)

                956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                To sign up to receive email updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                Posted June 18, 2019


                DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

                Emancipation Day Holiday Closure:


                Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen

                will close at the following hours on Wednesday, June 19, 2019:


                Serology: 5:00 PM

                Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): 2:00 PM

                Emergency Preparedness: 5:00 PM

                TB: Noon


                CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

                CLINICAL SPECIMENS DELIVERED AFTER 2:00 PM WILL BE PROCESSED AND TESTED THURSDAY, JUNE 20TH.


                The Laboratory will resume normal business hours on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

                PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)

                956-364-8750 (Serology)

                956-364-8753 (TB)

                956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                To sign up to receive email updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm


                Posted June 18, 2019



                DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

                Memorial Day Holiday Closure:

                South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed:

                Monday, May 27, 2019 
                FedEx delivery will also be closed and unavailable to pick up packages


                The laboratory will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

                PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)

                956-364-8750 (Serology)

                956-364-8753 (TB)

                956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:


                http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                THANK YOU


                Posted May 6, 2019




                DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

                Good Friday Holiday Closure:

                  South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be CLOSED on

                Friday, April 19, 2019.

                 

                TB ELIMINATION SUBMITTERS: PLEASE DO NOT SHIP SPECIMENS TO STL ON THURSDAY, APRIL 18. THE SERUM OF CHEMISTRY SPECIMENS CAN BE SEPARATED AND FROZEN FOR SHIPPING THE FOLLOWING WEEK. CBCs HAVE A 48 HOUR STABILITY FROM THE TIME OF COLLECTION. 

                CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

                PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS THURSDAY APRIL 18 BY 3:00 P.M.


                THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

                Monday, April 22, 2019

                   

                PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                • 956-364-8753 (TB)
                • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                Thank You

                 Posted April 11, 2019 



                The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section(LSS) is proposing changes to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

                The purpose of the changes is to repeal rules §73.54 and §73.55 related to the Fee Schedule for Clinical Testing and Newborn Screening, as well as Chemical Analyses, from TAC. Additionally, rule §73.41 will be amended to direct stakeholders to the LSS website to view the most current laboratory fee schedule.

                The public comment period ends January 27, 2019.  Additional details, including a full draft of the proposed rule changes may be found here.    https://hhs.texas.gov/laws-regulations/policies-rules/health-human-services-rulemaking

                Posted January 10, 2019 



                DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

                Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Closure Reminder:


                South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed:


                Monday, December 24, 2018

                Tuesday, December 25, 2018 

                Wednesday, December 26, 2018

                AND

                Monday, December 31, 2018

                Tuesday, January 1, 2019


                THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON


                THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2018–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018

                AND WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019

                PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)

                956-364-8750 (Serology)

                956-364-8753 (TB)

                956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                 

                Posted December 12, 2018   



                DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY 

                Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

                 

                Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at NOON on Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23

                 

                • Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON (Testing for TB Elimination clinical specimens received on Wednesday will be performed and reported)
                • TB Mycobacteriology: NOON
                • Emergency Preparedness (BT): NOON
                • Serology: NOON
                   

                CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

                PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 21.

                   

                THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON 

                Monday, November 26, 2018

                   

                PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                • 956-364-8751 or 956-3648752 (Clinical)
                • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                • 956-364-8753 (TB Mycobacteriology)
                • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Prepardness)

                    To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                    http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                    THANK YOU


                    Posted October 31, 2018   


                    The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section  is proposing changes to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

                    The purpose of the changes is to repeal rules §73.54 and §73.55 related to the Fee Schedule for Clinical Testing and Newborn Screening, as well as Chemical Analyses, from TAC. Additionally, rule §73.41 will be amended to direct stakeholders to the LSS website to view the most current laboratory fee schedule.

                    Changes to the Laboratory’s Public Fee Schedule will be made based on the business needs of the LSS and the public health needs of the department and posted on the Laboratory’s website for stakeholder review. Changes to available laboratory testing and related pricing may include implementing new testing methodologies, updating fees to reflect the cost of testing, and eliminating certain low volume tests to make more efficient use of staff time and to reduce costs. Any increase in fees may include processes for stakeholder input as well as customer communication regarding all changes to the fee schedule.

                    A full draft of the proposed rule changes may be found in the draft rules section here. https://hhs.texas.gov/laws-regulations/policies-rules/health-human-services-rulemaking

                    For questions or comments please contact Martha Thompson at martha.thompson@dshs.texas.gov or 

                    (512) 776-6191 by August 31, 2018.

                    Posted August 20, 2018  


                    South Texas Laboratory Submitter Update: Dear Submitter

                    Please refer to the link below to LSO’s website to determine your city’s Latest Call In Time for same day pickup. As long as the requested pickup is called in before the Latest Call In Time, same day pickup service is available. These times vary based on rural zip codes. Most metroplex areas will have later call in times versus outlying smaller cities.

                    Please keep in mind the Chemistry and CBC stability times when you request pickup, especially specimens drawn late in the afternoon and your city has an early Latest Call In Time if you are requesting pickup the next day.

                    www.lso.com/servicearea.aspx

                    Posted: Jun 15, 2018


                    DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY Independence Day Holiday Closure:

                    Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following hour on

                    Tuesday, July 3 through Wednesday, July 4

                     Posted: Jun 15, 2018


                    DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY: Good Friday Holiday Closure

                    Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following hours on Friday, March 30, 2018:

                    • TB: 11:00 a.m. (Sputum specimens received 3/30 will be   processed Monday, 4/02/18)
                    • Serology: 11:30 a.m.
                    • Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON (Testing for TB Elimination clinical specimens will be performed)
                    • Emergency Preparedness: NOON

                    CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:
                    PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM.

                    THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON 
                    Monday, April 2, 2018

                    PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:
                     956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                     956-364-8750 (Serology)
                     956-364-8753 (TB)
                     956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                    To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:
                    http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                    THANK YOU

                    Posted: Mar 15, 2018


                    DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY: Texas Independence Day Holiday Closure

                    Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will close at the following times on

                    Friday, March 2, 2018:

                    Serology: 11:30 a.m.

                    Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON

                    Emergency Preparedness: NOON

                    TB: 1:00 p.m.

                    CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

                    PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM.

                    THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

                    Monday, March 5, 2018

                    PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                    • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                    • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                    • 956-364-8753 (TB)
                    • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                    To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                    http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                    Posted 2/9/2018


                    SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY:  Specimen Submission Forms    

                    Please use the most current version of the F40-A Requisition Form (revision September 2017) when requesting clinical testing.   Please dispose of any prior versions of this form. 

                    We will contact clinics who continue to use previous versions.  

                    PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                    • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                    • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                    • 956-364-8753 (TB)
                    • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)    

                    To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                    http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                    Posted  1/25/2018


                    DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY:  Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Closure Reminder:

                    South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed: Monday, January 15, 2018

                    THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

                    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

                    PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                    • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                    • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                    • 956-364-8753 (TB)
                    • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)    

                    To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                    http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm  

                    Posted 1/12/2018


                    Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Closure Reminder: South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed:

                    Monday, December 25, 2017

                    Tuesday, December 26, 2017

                    AND

                    Monday, January 1, 2018

                    Tuesday, January 2, 2018     

                    THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

                    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017 –FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2017

                    AND WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018

                    PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                    • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                    • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                    • 956-364-8753 (TB)
                    • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                    Posted 12/15/2017


                    Thanksgiving Holiday Closure Reminder: South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will close at NOON on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 through Friday, November 24, 2017

                    Clinical Section (Chemistry and CBCs) and Serology

                    • Cameron County and Hidalgo County clinics: Please deliver Chemistry, CBC, and Serology specimens by 11:00 am on Wednesday, 11/22/17.
                    • Chemistry and CBC specimens received before 11:00 am on Wednesday will be tested and results reported.
                    • Serology specimens received before 11:00 am on Wednesday will be held for testing on Monday 11/27/17.
                    • Do not ship specimens through LSO, FedEx, or UPS on Wednesday, 11/22/17.

                    Tuberculosis (TB)

                    • Please submit Specimens for AFB smear and culture by 5:00 pm Tuesday 11/22/17. Samples received after that time will not be processed until Monday 11/27/17. 

                    Emergency Preparedness

                    • Section will be closed at noon on Wednesday, 11/22/17 through Friday, 11/24/17.

                    THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017.

                    PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                    • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                    • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                    • 956-364-8753 (TB)
                    • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                    Posted 11/14/2017


                    The updated DSHS South Texas Laboratory Specimen Manifest sheet is now available.   

                    Please fill out the date, the patient’s name, the number of mustard top (or red top aliquots) tubes and the number of purple top tubes you are sending for each patient and the tests ordered for each patient. The last column will initialed by our staff when the contents of the container match the manifest. This manifest does not replace the requisition.

                    Posted 05/08/2017

                    Last updated November 8, 2021