If you have a condition such as polycythemia or porphyria cutanea tarda and are required to have blood drawn as a form of treatment, you may come to any Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center facility for the procedure.
Therapeutic patients may only be drawn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Blood Center’s therapeutic request form must be completed by your doctor and faxed to (713) 790-1782 at least 72 hours prior to the first collection to allow time for review, Medical Director approval and data entry. Incomplete or illegible orders will not be accepted. Download the Therapeutic Request Form.
There is a $150 fee per therapeutic phlebotomy for all patients other than those with a diagnosis of hereditary hemochomatosis or secondary polycythemia due to testosterone replacement therapy, since in some cases these units may be used for transfusion to patients. Payment will be accepted onsite using a major credit card at the Neighborhood Donor Center after screening, prior to phlebotomy. A receipt and form that may be used for insurance reimbursement will be provided. The fee does not apply to patients with Medicare or Medicare coverage.
Effective June 26, 2018, The Blood Center will require a new request form for all new and existing patients who need treatment more frequently than every eight weeks.
What is new?
- The new form will ask your provider to indicate how often you need your blood collected for treatment.
- Your treatment will be limited to one visit per week.
- If the new request form does not include instructions for how often you should be treated, your visits will be limited to once every eight weeks.