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Communicable Disease Services Billing Changes

In response to our clients' requests for increased billing capacity, the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL) has contracted with a new billing vendor to bill for communicable disease testing.

By increasing our billing capacity, we are better securing the financial future of the public health lab to support essential public health functions. This means we will be more likely to continue offering high quality service to our clients.


Beginning December 1, 2014, the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL) will begin requiring payer source information on test request forms submitted to the OSPHL. With these changes, the test request forms used by locations receiving no-cost gonorrhea and Chlamydia tests (STD Program, formerly IPP) will also change.

Because only the laboratory that performs the testing may bill Oregon Medicaid for the testing, the OSPHL will require that Oregon Medicaid or CCO information for all patients with this coverage be included with the specimen, unless that client is seeking confidential services due to extenuating circumstances. In addition, the OSPHL is requesting that private insurer information be provided with the specimen if your organization is not billing the private insurer for the laboratory testing. ​


To fully support and describe these changes, the OSPHL is offering a series of webinars. Two different webinars will be offered. Please register in advance by choosing the webinar that aligns with your work duties.

Trainings tailored for clinic or laboratory staff (chose one):
Date Time Link to Pre-Register
Thursday, November 13 9:00-10:00am
Monday, November 17 2:00-3:00pm
Tuesday, November 25 12:30-1:30pm
Monday, December 1​ ​9:00-10:00am
Trainings tailored for billing or accounts payable staff (choose one):
Date Time Link to Pre-Register
Friday, November 14 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, November 19 9:00-10:00am
Monday, November 24 2:00-3:00pm
Monday, December 1​ ​2:00-3:00pm
Recorded webinars:
Two recorded webinars are available for you to view at your convenience. You can access the webinars below.


OSPHL Billing Changes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Virology/Immunology Test Request Form - Required Fields Cheat Sheet

Current OSPHL Submitter Fee Schedule 

Coming Soon: Microbiology Test Request Form - Required Fields Cheat Sheet


Letter: OSPHL Billing Changes and Training Announcement, October 29, 2014 (pdf)

Letter: OSPHL Billing Changes, October 10, 2014 (pdf)

Letter: OSPHL Billing Changes, August 26, 2014 (pdf)


If your questions have not been answered by viewing the Update Letters above, please contact Sarah Humphrey, OSPHL Client Services Coordinator at 503-693-4100 or