Clinical laboratory and pathology leaders need strategies and solutions for reversing the negative market forces that are eroding the financial stability of many of the nation’s independent medical labs

While there are many national conferences in the clinical and anatomic pathology laboratory industry, the Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management is the only conference laser-focused on lab management, operations, and financial stability.

This year, the demand for knowledge has driven the addition of 25 sessions, and post-conference workshops focused on PAMA and value-based Lab 2.0 innovation.

“Clinical laboratory management has grown in complexity, and the conference has grown in turn,” said Robert L. Michel, Editor-In-Chief of The Dark Report. “This year, we’ll present learning opportunities covering a wider range of lab management issues.”

The finalized Executive War College agenda highlights insightful programs from more than 120 speakers and experts from all sectors of clinical laboratory and pathology management, including expertise from Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp; Geisinger Health System, Mayo Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, and Duke Health; the College of American Pathologists; McKesson Medical-Surgical; Humana and Aetna; and Change Healthcare, to name a few.

 “The Executive War College is the only place in the United States where you can hear leaders of innovative labs share what’s working in their labs, particularly in the areas most important for leaders of clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups,” Michel said.

Federal laws, such as the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014, and the SUPPORT Act (with anti-kickback-oriented EKRA), are putting pressure on medical labs, Michel said. A new post-conference workshop on PAMA, as well as a Day 1 Breakout Session on the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA) will present the latest insights for compliance.

Michel said he also expects high interest in critical areas of clinical laboratory management, such as better managing and cutting costs, how to offset Medicare lab price cuts and shrinking lab budgets, and understanding precisely how Medicare fee cuts are taking money away from labs and causing erosion in the financial stability of many of the nation’s independent medical labs.


The 24th Annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management will offer a wider range of educational opportunities. (Photo copyright: Dark Daily)

Popular sessions at Executive War College include the management master classes and the case study breakouts. Roundtable discussions will include the expertise of nationally and internationally recognized chief financial officers and informatics specialists. And Lab 2.0 represents the new healthcare business development strategy based on value rather than volume.

The 24th Annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30-May 1, with two optional workshops, Thursday, May 2, at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans. Registration is still open, and scholarship opportunities are available.

This year’s benefactors include Beckman Coulter, Change Healthcare, ELLKAY, LIFEPOINT Informatics, medspeed, NovoPath, Quadax, Roche, Siemens Healthineers, Sunquest, TELCOR, and XIFIN.

“The value of networking here is immense,” Michel said. “The peer-to-peer interaction and real-world medical laboratory mindshare are unmatched with any other conference.”

—Liz Carey

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