Click here to review the FY23 Proposed Fee Changes.
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 must 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.
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 in Texas, across the U.S., and globally.
After carefully analyzing operating costs, TVMDL is proposing, on average, a 7.5% increase to our tests and services and a $1.00 increase to our accession fee. This request comes as TVMDL continues to face rising labor and supply costs. This increase closely aligns with the Consumer Price Index increase of 8.6% between May 2021 – May 2022*. In particular, this increase will be used to provide a much-needed increase to our base technician starting salary, raising the rate from $14.00/hour to $16.00/hour.
While we endeavor to 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 affordable, accurate, and timely testing services. With this consideration, we have calculated our fees to be at or below those charged by other state diagnostic laboratories and private commercial counterparts without sacrificing the quality of our testing.
Visit FY23 Proposed Fee Changes to review the proposed changes. 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 25, 2022. Agency leadership will review all comments and adjust the proposed fees as necessary. The new fee schedule will go into effect for any accession finalized on or after September 1, 2022.
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 25.