BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OF THE
STATE OF MONTANA
In the matter of the amendment of ARM 37.12.401
pertaining to laboratory testing fees
NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT
NO PUBLIC HEARING
TO: All Interested Persons
1. On June 10, 2007, the Department of Public Health and Human Services proposes to amend the above-stated rule.
The Department of Public Health and Human Services will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you need to request an accommodation, contact the department no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 28, 2007, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Dawn Sliva, Office of Legal Affairs, Department of Public Health and Human Services, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604-4210; telephone (406)444-5622; FAX (406)444-1970; e-mail email@example.com.
2. The rule as proposed to be amended provides as follows. Matter to be added is underlined. Matter to be deleted is interlined.
37.12.401 LABORATORY FEES FOR ANALYSES (1) Fees for clinical and environmental analyses performed by the laboratory of the Department of Public Health and Human Services are set to reflect the actual costs of the tests and services provided.
(2) The Department of Public Health and Human Services shall maintain a list of all tests available from the lab and the price of each test. The department adopts and incorporates by reference the Laboratory Test Fee List effective July 1,
2006 2007, which shall be available on the web site of the Department of Public Health and Human Services at www.dphhs.mt.gov, and by mail upon request to the lab at the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Public Health and Safety Division, P.O. Box 6489, Helena, MT 59604-6489.
(3) The fee for a specific lab test will be lowered by the Department of Public Health and Human Services to a level not exceeding the cost to the department of the test in question whenever a change of analysis method warrants lower fees.
(4) Fees for analyses other than those listed will be established at the level of comparable analyses.
AUTH: 50-1-202, MCA
IMP: 50-1-202, MCA
3. ARM 37.12.401 provides information regarding the fees charged for biological and environmental tests performed by the Montana state laboratory, in conformity with state statute. The Department of Public Health and Human Services (the department) proposes to modify the rules to reference the new version of the state laboratory fee list, which provides an average increase of 9.7% in the cost of lab services, though fee increases on a test-by-test basis vary. The revised fees are necessary to keep the fees charged for lab service in line with the actual current cost associated with providing that service.
The proposed fee increases will result in a cumulative increase in fees for all laboratory services of approximately $400,000, affecting the approximately 1,000 annual customers of the state laboratory. The fee increases proposed represent the minimum increases necessary to maintain the state laboratory’s current level of services, and are reasonably necessary to allow the state laboratory to fulfill its obligations as an adjunct to public health and health care functions in the state of Montana. The proposed fees account for the increased costs incurred by the laboratory since the last fee increase, including increased personnel costs, increased costs of supplies, and increased costs of new and replacement testing equipment.
The department considered not increasing its testing fees, but concluded that not doing so would result in the laboratory spending more to provide services than it would recover in service fees, and would result in the laboratory having to discontinue services.
The department will post the proposed revised fee list along with a copy of this notice in the rules notices section of the DPHHS web site at www.dphhs.mt.gov/legalresources/ruleproposals/index.shtml.
4. Interested persons may submit their data, views, or arguments concerning the proposed action in writing to Gwen Knight, Office of Legal Affairs, Department of Public Health and Human Services, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, MT 59620-2951, no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 7, 2007. Data, views, or arguments may also be submitted by facsimile (406)444-9744 or by electronic mail via the Internet to firstname.lastname@example.org. The department also maintains lists of persons interested in receiving notice of administrative rule changes. These lists are compiled according to subjects or programs of interest. For placement on the mailing list, please write the person at the address above.
5. If a person who is directly affected by the proposed action wishes to express data, views, and arguments orally or in writing at a public hearing, that person must make a written request for a public hearing and submit such request, along with any written comments to Gwen Knight, Office of Legal Affairs, Department of Public Health and Human Services, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, MT 59620-2951, by facsimile (406)444-9744 or by electronic mail via the Internet to email@example.com no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 7, 2007.
6. If the Department of Public Health and Human Services receives requests for a public hearing on the proposed action from either 10% or 25, whichever is less, of those who are directly affected by the proposed action, from the administrative rule review committee of the legislature, from a governmental agency or subdivision, or from an association having no less than 25 members who are directly affected, a hearing will be held at a later date and a notice of the hearing will be published in the Montana Administrative Register. Ten percent of those directly affected has been determined to be 100 based on the 1000 customers affected by rules covering state laboratory fees and services.
/s/ Denise Pizzini /s/ John Chappuis for
Rule Reviewer Director, Public Health and
Certified to the Secretary of State April 30, 2007.