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Lab Management Essentials Agenda

Join us for this comprehensive program where you will acquire the skills you need to successfully deal with shrinking lab budgets and the inflation-fueled rise in lab salaries and prices.

Agenda is for both the Chicago (Oct. 20-21) and Miami (Nov. 10-11) workshops.


8:00 am – 8:30 am

Continental breakfast & welcome


8:30 am – 9:00 am

Module 1: Savvy lab cost-cutting
Introductions, goals, workshop overview

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9:00 am – 9:20 am

Module 1: Savvy lab cost-cutting
Case Study 1: Learn how to use your lab data to execute key strategies that right-size your capital equipment purchases to optimize your laboratory spend

  • Understand how to use key laboratory data to evaluate instrument buying options
  • Compare and contrast options for primary and secondary instrument buy decisions to right-size your lab
  • Explore how to optimize your capital purchasing dollars and present a bullet proof plan to senior leadership

Facilitator: Carlton Burgess, Vice President of Laboratory Services, Prime Health

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9:20 am – 9:40 am

Module 1: Savvy lab cost-cutting
Case Study 2: How to use informatics to implement key LEAN methodologies that shorten the cost curve faster and more consistently

  • How to use metrics proactively versus reactively, to optimize your operation
  • Learn how to ‘mine’ data out of your information systems that pinpoint trends and shifts in key operational areas.
  • Discover how to take your process improvement to the next level to improve care while minimizing costs and re-work.

Facilitator: Tafney Gunderson, Quality System Supervisor, Avera Health


9:40 am – 12:00 pm

Module 1: Savvy lab cost-cutting
Group activity

Small group discussion activity to apply key metrics that compare capital equipment purchasing decisions. Each group selects and shares its best option using the analysis model.


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch & networking


1:00 am – 1:15 pm 

Module 2: Navigating the highly competitive job market
Introductions, goals, session overview

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1:15 pm – 1:20 pm

Module 2: Navigating the highly competitive job market
Case Study 1: Learn how operational efficiencies can reduce staff burnout, improve retention, and reduce the need for contract labor?

  • Explore strategies that reduce unnecessary work and optimize staff productivity
  • Identify strategies that can attract new hires and retain and improve laboratory culture
  • Understand the benefit of administrative staff and non-traditional roles for leadership to manage lab quality and training
  • Learn how to re-align leadership roles and structure to enhance operations for longer-term viability
  • Examine strategies that sustain the gain and momentum in laboratory efficiencies over the long run, in these uncertain times

Facilitator: Kim Zunker, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, Senior Consulting Manager at Accumen

Dorothy Martin, Regional Laboratory Manager, Dartmouth Health

1:20 pm – 1:40 pm

Module 2: Navigating the highly competitive job market
Case Study 2: Building a case to develop and grow your own staff

  • Explore strategies to augment lab staffing in the short-term while planning sustainable long-term options
  • Learn how one multi-state healthcare organization used an educational expert to design and seek funding for an in-house medical lab staff training program
  • Review the capital investment and ROI needed to fund an MLT/MLS program including practical considerations that impact the program design
  • Understand how to create, justify and get C-suite buy-in for MLS clinical training programs to build a continuous pipeline of competent workers

Facilitators:
Dorothy Martin, Regional Laboratory Manager, Dartmouth Health
Emelyne Smith, Workforce Development Educator and Program Developer, Dartmouth Health


1:40 pm – 4:00 pm

Module 2: Navigating the highly competitive job market
Small group activity

Apply case study learnings to brainstorm and prioritize short- and long-term staffing options and retention methods that can mitigate current needs and help build a ‘future-proofed’ staffing program. Each group selects and shares its preferred strategy

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Day 1 recap

 


8:00 am – 8:30 am

Continental breakfast & welcome


8:30 am – 9:00 am

Module 3: Generating profitable sources of new revenue
Introductions, goals, workshop overview

Jane Hermansen

9:00 am – 9:20 am

Module 3: Generating profitable sources of new revenue
Case Study 1: Generating new revenue through expanding services into untapped markets to generate long-term sustainable income streams

  • Assess volume/capacity, competitors, and revenue opportunities for laboratory program expansion in new growth areas
  • Identify necessary infrastructure and system investments needed for revenue growth
  • Measure and demonstrate growth, including comparison of baseline and monthly data
  • Learn how to use current data to support future planning efforts to evaluate past and future performance changes

Facilitator: Jane M. Hermansen MBA, MT(ASCP), Manager, Outreach and Network Development Manager, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic

Rick VanNess

9:20 am – 9:40 am

Module 3: Generating profitable sources of new revenue
Case Study 2: Utilizing longitudinal laboratory results to engage your payers differently and leverage higher revenues for the value of your testing menu

  • Understand how to use key lab results and their role in healthcare beyond the impact on the singular patient
  • Learn how to change your understanding of the payer market and/or system your laboratory operates in to gain higher payments for the work you perform
  • Create the language and objectives necessary to deliver more value beyond the individual test to catalyze conversations and obtain a 'seat at the table’

Facilitator: Rick Van Ness, Director of Product Management, Rhodes Group


9:40 am – 12:00 pm

Module 3: Generating profitable sources of new revenue
Group activity

Small group discussion activity to apply case study learnings to collaborate on how to. Each team selects and shares its go forward plan.


12:00 pm

Lunch on your own


12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Day 2 recap

 

 

Following the workshop, case studies and group workshop output will be compiled in a package and emailed to you. You will be able to share these with your team and use them to implement best practices and innovative strategies in your laboratory!