This page provides details on TVMDL’s proposed fee schedule changes. As a TVMDL client, we value your input as we consider updating our fees. Our goal is to ensure that you understand the rationale and research that went into these proposed changes. Also as a matter of policy, TVMDL will inform clients and solicit feedback prior to implementation of any fee change.
As an agency of the State of Texas, TVMDL receives approximately one-third of its funding from the Texas Legislature. The revenue generated from TVMDL tests and services fund the remainder of the balance needed to operate the agency. As such, we must operate with a business mindset and adjust our fees, as necessary. Proposed changes will also simplify our pricing structure for some tests with bulk discounts and pooling options and account for additional targets in some panel offerings.
Fee changes are not the only strategy we employ to balance the budget. We actively seek to reduce expenses when possible, taking a hard look at the need to fill each and every employee vacancy, and cutting maintenance expenses when feasible. In addition, we continue our marketing efforts to increase business both in Texas, the U.S. and globally.
This year, the proposed changes look to impact a significantly smaller portion of our test catalog than in years past, with only around 4% of tests being impacted.
Although we must balance our budget through these proposed changes, we recognize the role we play in meeting the diagnostic needs of our clients. Our number one priority is to provide accurate and efficient testing services. With this consideration, we have calculated our fees to be competitive with, or often times lower than, other state diagnostic laboratories and private commercial counterparts without sacrificing the quality of our testing.
Tests, services, and supplies not shown on this list are not scheduled for price changes.
TVMDL will accept public comment on these changes through August 27, 2019. Agency leadership will review all comments and adjust the proposed fees as necessary. The new fee schedule will go into effect September 1, 2019.
If you have questions about this price change or wish to offer public comment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979.845.3414 before August 27.
Bruce L. Akey MS DVM