2024 Executive War College Agenda

Here is the 2024 Executive War College Agenda. As session topics and speakers are confirmed, they will be posted on this page. Watch this site regularly to catch all the new topics and speakers. 

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Executive War College Agenda 2024

These are the speakers and the sessions that are confirmed to appear during the 2024 Executive War College. Specific days, times, and locations for each session will be announced in the future.

SESSION

Schedule TBD

New Developments at the FDA: Draft LDT Rule, Harmonization of ISO 13485, Memo on Reclassification of Certain Assays, and More

Tim Stenzel (Retired) Director, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics, FDA

Tim Stenzel
MD,
former Director,
Office of In Vitro Diagnostics, FDA

SESSION

Schedule TBD

MoIDX and Z-Code Update: Current Developments and What’s Coming Next

Gabriel Bien-Willner, Medical Director, M0IDX program, Palmetto GBA

Gabriel Bien-Willner
MD,
Medical Director, MoIDX program
Palmetto GBA,
Columbia, SC

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Healthcare’s Growing Need for Enriched Diagnostic Services: How Demand for Data, Increased Use of AI, and Genome Sequencing Advances Create Opportunities for Labs

William Morice President and CEO Mayo Clinic Laboratories

William Morice
President & CEO,
Mayo Clinic Laboratories,
Rochester, Minnesota

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Big Changes in Healthcare: New Regulations and New Diagnostics Players Poised to Reshape Lab Testing

Lâle White CEO, XiFin, Inc.

Lâle White
CEO,
XiFin, Inc.
San Diego, CA

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Global Perspective on Healthcare Data as the New Driver of Innovation in Diagnostics and Patient Care

Michael Simpson, CEO at Clinisys, Inc.

Michael Simpson
CEO,
Clinisys, Inc.
Tucson, AZ

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Opportunities with Clinical Lab 2.0: Adding Value and Creating Clinical Intelligence by Combining Lab Test Data with Other Data Sets in Ways that Improve Patient Care

James Crawford, MD, PhD, Emeritus Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Northwell Health

James Crawford
MD, PhD
Emeritus Chair, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
Northwell Health
Greenvale, NY

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Regulatory Trifecta Coming Soon to All Labs! Anticipating the Federal LDT Rule, Revisions to CLIA Regulations, and Private Payers’ Z-Code Policies for Genetic Claims

Robert Michel, President at The Dark Intelligence Group in Austin, Texas.

Robert L. Michel
President, 
The Dark Intelligence Group,
Austin, TX

SESSION

Schedule TBD

CDC Laboratory Update: CLIA regulations, resources for clinical laboratories, and more

Salerno Reynolds, PhD., Acting Director at CDC's Center for Laboratory Systems and Response

Reynolds Salerno
PhD,
Director, Division of Laboratory Systems,
U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Standardizing and Automating Central Lab Testing Across 25 Laboratory Sites to Shorten Time-to-Answer, Reduce Staff Touches, and Improve Service to Physicians

Daniel Anderson Lab Manager Intermountain Health Salt Lake City Utah

Daniel Anderson 
Clinical Pathology Lab Manager,
Intermountain Health,
Murray, UT

Jamel Gluma JTG Consulting Group

Jamel Giuma
President & CEO,
JTG Consulting Group,
Miami Shores, FL

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Prepare Your Lab for Era of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Clinical Diagnostics: AI Technologies, Applications, and Best Paths to Deployment

Executive War College Speaker Ajit Singh

Ajit Singh
PhD,
Partner, Artiman Ventures,
Palo Alto, CA

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Lab CFO and Informatics Roundtable

J Mark Tuthill, Division Head, Pathology Informatics, HFH

J Mark Tuthill
MD,
Division Head, Pathology Informatics,
HFH
Bloomfield Hills, MI

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Whole Genome Sequencing in Community Hospitals

Honey Reddi an Executive War College Speaker

Honey Reddi
PhD, FACMG,
SVP and Medical Director,
Belay Diagnostics,
Sussex, WI

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Pre-Analytical Considerations in Genetic Testing

Laura Tafe, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Darthmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Laura Tafe
MD,
Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center,
Lebanon, NH

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Overview of Digital Scanning Processes

Executive War College Speaker Joaquin Garcia

Joaquin Garcia
MD,
Chair, Division of Anatomic Pathology
Medical Director, Digital Pathology Program, Mayo Clinic,
Rochester, MN

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Integrating Digital Pathology Solutions with Existing IT Systems and Clinical Workflows

Cheryl Schleicher, Director, IT Strategy, Northwell Health

Cheryl Schleicher
Director, IT Strategy
Northwell Health,
Lake Success, NY

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Lean for Lab Leaders: Proven Ways to Swiftly Slash While Boosting Productivity and Improving Staff Retention

Katja Lehmann Executive War College Speaker

Katja Lehmann
PhD,
Director, LBS – Lean Practice
Lean Focus,
Scottsdale, AZ


SESSION

Schedule TBD

Reenergizing your Performance Culture: Engaging Mindsets, Skillsets, and Toolsets

Linda Mchale Assistant Vice President, Core Laboratory and Integration, Altrium Health, speaker at the Executive War College

Linda McHale
Asst. Vice President, Lab Operations,
ACL Laboratories, Advocate Health,
Charlotte, NC

Shika Dharamrup speaker at the Executive War College

Shikha Dharamrup
Director of Lab Operations,
ACL Laboratories, Advocate Health,
Charlotte, NC

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Nottingham NHS Trust’s Experience: Going Full Digital Pathology with Lean Workflow to Shorten Diagnosis Times, Improve Quality, and Boost Pathologist Productivity

Paul Chenery Nottingham University Hospital

Paul Chenery
Head of Quality, Training & Strategic Improvement,
Nottingham University Hospital
NHS Trust,
Nottingham, England, UK

SESSION

Schedule TBD

TBD

Rich Cornell, President and Founder, Santé Consulting, Ellisville, MO

Rich Cornell
President and Founder,
Santé Consulting,
Ellisville, MO

SESSION

Schedule TBD

State of Laboratory Medicine and Histopathology in the United Kingdom”

David Ricketts
DBMS,
Dr.
Sonic Healthcare UK
Essex, United Kingdom

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Expanding Your Lab’s Care Access: Leveraging Existing Contracts to Increase Covered Testing Services, Gain Provider Status with New Payers, and Negotiate More Reimbursement

Heather Agostinelli Vice President and Head of Specialty RCM, XiFin, Inc.

Heather Agnostinelli
Vice President, Head of Specialty RCM,
XiFin, Inc.
San Diego, CA

Clarisa Blattner, Director, MDx Support Service, XIFIN, San Diego, CA

Clarisa Blattner
Senior Director of Revenue and
Payer Optimizations,
XiFin, Inc.
San Diego, CA

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Using ISO 15189: Medical Laboratory Accreditation to Advance Patient Care, Sustain Lab Staff’s Quality Culture, and Be CLIA inspection-Ready

Mike Baron Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories

Mike Baron
Executive Director of Laboratory Operations,
Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories
Milwaukee, WI

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Latest Trends in Managing Denials and Appeals of Clinical Lab and
Pathology Claims

Diana Richard, Sr. Director, Pathology and Strategic Development, XIFIN, San Diego, CA

Diana Richard
Senior Director, Pathology and Strategic Development,
XiFin, Inc.
San Diego, CA

Stephanie Deham, Assoc Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management and Analytics at XFIN

Stephanie Denham
Associate Vice President,
RCM Systems and Analytics,
XiFin, Inc. 
San Diego, CA

SESSION

Schedule TBD

What’s New in Pathologist Productivity and Compensation Plus Boosting Profitability through Effective Negotiations with Hospitals and Payers

Robert Tessier, Co-Founder and Panelist, Panel of National Pathology Leaders

Robert Tessier
Co-Founder and Panelist,
Panel of National Pathology Leaders,
Woodbridge, CT

Al Sirmon, Consultant at Pathology Practice Advisors, LLC

Al Sirmon
Consultant,
Pathology Practice Advisors, LLC,
Pawleys Island, SC

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Is Your Hospital Lab At Risk? Proactive Ways to Educate Administrators on the Value of Lab Testing, Controlling Lab Data, and Improving Patient Outcomes

Jane Hermansen, Director, Outreach and Network Development, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Jane Hermansen
Director,
Outreach and Network Development,
Mayo Clinic,
Rochester, MN

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Hit Home Runs with Supply Chain Gainsharing & Effective Lab Stewardship Initiatives: New Tools and Analytics to Drive Down Supply Costs and Improve Physicians’ Utilization of Lab Tests

Lisa Daniel, Director Corporate Lab Services, Parkview Health

Lisa Daniel
MLS (ASCP) BB,
Director Corporate Lab Services,
Parkview Health
Ft. Wayne IN

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Population Health Opportunities–Case Study involving Alzheimer’s “At Risk” Predictors: Steps to Clean Lab Data, Unifying Test Types & Results, and Training AI

Brad Bostic Chairman and CEO of UC1

Brad Bostic
CEO,
hc1
Indianapolis, IN

SESSION

Schedule TBD

PANEL: Clinical Laboratory Certification and Accreditation: New Developments with CLIA, Most Common Deficiencies, and Making Your Lab “Assessment Ready”

Nora Hess, Senior Consultant at Accumen.

Nora Hess
MBA, MT (ASCP), PMP,
Senior Consultant,
Accumen,
Sarasota, FL

Carlyn Matthews, Clinical Program Manager at A2LA

Carlyn Matthews
Clinical Program Manager,
A2LA,
Frederick, MD

Denis Driscoll, Senior Director of Laboratory Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs

Denise Driscoll
Senior Director, Laboratory Accreditation & Regulatory Affairs,
College of American Pathologists,
Northfield, IL

Kathy Nucifora Chief Operating Officer Cola, Inc.

Kathy Nucifora
MPH, MT (ASCP),
Chief Operating Officer,
COLA Inc.,
Columbia, MD

To Be Named
Laboratory Accreditation Program,
The Joint Commission,
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Panel: Developing and Enhancing Win/Win Relationships That Add Value to Key Payers and Health Plans in Your Region

Karen McFadden, Retired Senior Vice President at LabCorp.

Karen McFadden
Retired SVP, 
LabCorp,
Chapel Hill, NC

John Norkett, Vice President, Payor Solutions – East, Labcorp

John Norkett
Vice President, Payor Solutions – East,
Labcorp,
Burlington, NC

Kathryn Stough
Principal,
K-H-S Solutions, LLC,
Albuquerque, NM

Clarisa Blattner, Director, MDx Support Service, XIFIN, San Diego, CA

Clarisa Blattner
Senior Director of Revenue and
Payer Optimizations,
XiFin, Inc.
San Diego, CA

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Lauren Baggett
MS, CGC,
Genomics and Precision Medicine Program Lead Director,
Aetna,

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Practical Issues in Regulatory Compliance, Legal Issue, and Liability Involving Use of Artificial Intelligence in Lab Operations and Clinical Services

Roger Klein Md, JD,

Roger Klein
MD, JD,
Chief Medical Officer,
OmniSeq
Buffalo, NY

SESSION

Schedule TBD

New Opportunities to Deliver More Value With Lab Data in Medicare STARS and Risk Adjustment

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Rick VanNess
Director, Product Management
TriCore Reference Laboratories

SESSION

Schedule TBD

FDA Oversight of LDTs: How Labs Will Need to Comply, Steps to Take Now, and Analyzing the Financial Impact of Compliance

Jane Pine Wood, JD, Counsel, McDonald Hopkins

Jane Pine Wood 
JD,
Counsel,
McDonald Hopkins,
Dennis, MA

Sheila Walcoff
CEO & Founder,
Goldbug Strategies LLC,
Gaithersburg, MD

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Using Real-Time Analytics with AI to Align Clinical lab and Pathologist Staffing in Advance of Daily and Weekly Changes in Patient Demand and Test Volumes

Curtiss McNair Vice President / General Manager of Laboratory Services at American Oncology Network, LLC

Curtiss McNair, Jr.
Vice President and General Manager of Laboratory Operations
AON (American Oncology Network)
Fort Myers, FL

John Moyer, Senior Product Director, Lab Insights, hc1

John Moyer
Senior Product Director,
hc1,
Indianapolis, IN

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Incorporating Lean, Latest Generation Automation, and Real-Time Analytics to Build New Lab, Increase Staff Productivity, and Grow Lab Outreach Volume by 70%

Joe Seestadt
Director of Lab Outreach,
Bronson Healthcare Group,
Kalamazoo, MI

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Every Lab’s Key to Generating New Revenue Streams: Understanding the Role of Lab Test Data in HEDIS, Medicare STAR Ratings, and Medicare Advantage Risk-Adjusted Premiums

Anthony Allegretta, PharmD, Regional Vice President, ChenMed

Anthony Allegratta
PharmD,
Regional Vice President,
ChenMed,
Tampa Bay, FL

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Collaborating with Pharma companies from Research to the Clinic – Strategies to create new business opportunities for your lab

Julie Ramage, Principal at Harbor Precision Genomics Consulting, Gib Harbor, Washington

Julie Ramage
Principal,
Harbor Precision Genomics Consulting,
Gig Harbor, WA

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Jennifer Quigley
Sr. Director
Global Precision Diagnostics,
Novartis,
Pittsburgh, PA

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Essential Issues of Concern to CLIA Laboratory Directors: Compliance Requirements, Changes in Enforcement, Overlooked Sources of Risk

Jon Harol President / Founder at Lighthouse Lab Services

Jon Harol
CEO,
Lighthouse Laboratory Services,
Charlotte, NC

Lindsay Strotman, Laboratory Director at Lighthouse Laboratory Services

Lindsay Strotman
MD,
Laboratory Director,
Lighthouse Laboratory Services,
Louisville, KY

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Version 2.0: Small Lab Sites, Big Patient Impact! Delivering Lab Testing in Rural Areas to Stay Ahead of Infectious Disease Outbreaks, from STDs to Respiratory Viruses

Kristie Madden Laboratory Manager, United Indian Health Services

Kristie Madden
Laboratory Manager,
United Indian Health Services
Arcata, CA

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Claims Rejected by Edit. Evaluating Claims and Fixing Errors to Resubmit Claims

Suzette Tidmore, Director, Revenue Cycle, Pathology Consultants of New Mexico

Suzette Tidmore
Director, Revenue Cycle,
Pathology Consultants of New Mexico,
Las Cruces, NM

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Panel: Important Developments in Laboratory Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Requirements

Charles Dunham
IV,
Attorney,
Greenberg Traurig,
Houston, TX

Danielle Sloane, Partner at Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville, TN

Danielle Sloane
Partner,
Bass, Berry & Sims,
Nashville, TN

To Be Named

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To Be Named

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Panel: Current State and Future Directions for Digital Pathology, from Histology and Scanning to Pathologist Workflow and AI-Powered Analysis of Whole Slide Images

Lisa-Jean Clifford, COO & Chief Strategy Officer, Gestalt Diagnostics, Spokane, Wash

Lisa-Jean Clifford
COO & Chief Strategy Officer,
Gestalt Diagnostics,
Spokane, WA

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To Be Named

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To Be Named

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To Be Named

SESSION

Schedule TBD

Panel: Emerging National Lab Networks Automate Reference Test Ordering/Resulting and Help Labs Generate New Revenue

Steven Serota, President at Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories

Steven Serota
President,
Wisconsin Diagnostics Laboratories,
Milwaukee, WI

Mehdi Maghsoodnia, CEO at 1Health

Mehdi Maghsoodnia
CEO,
1Health,
San Francisco, CA

Tim Pletcher, Executive Director at Michigan Health Information Network

Tim Pletcher

Executive Director,
Michigan Health Information Network,
East Lansing, MI

Steve Box
Global Business Director,
X-Lab Systems,
West Yorkshire, UK

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

WORKSHOP 4

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Proven Ways to Turbocharge Your Lab’s Coding, Billing, and Collec-tions Program to Generate Increased Revenue

WORKSHOP 5

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Prepare Your Lab for Era of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Clinical Diagnostics: AI Technologies, Applications, and Best Paths to Deployment

Who Attends the Executive War College

Health Systems and Hospital Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Leadership

Hospital C-Suite Administrators

Laboratory Vice Presidents

Pathology Lab Directors/Administrators

Laboratory Directors

Molecular and Genetic Lab Leaders

Precision Medicine & Genetic Program Directors/Administrators

Laboratory Section Managers/Leaders/Supervisors

Representative Labs:

  • ACL Laboratories/Advocate Health
  • Cleveland Clinic Laboratories
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Banner Health
  • Intermountain Health Outreach Labs
  • Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Cedars Sinai
  • Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center
  • Fabric Genomics
  • Kaiser Permanente

Independent Laboratories and Pathology Groups

Laboratory Owners/C-Suite/Vice Presidents/Directors

Pathology Group Owners/Directors

Pathology Group Practice Administrators

Physician Group Lab Owners/Directors

Public Health/Population Health VP’s/Directors

Life Sciences/Research Labs

Representative Labs:

  • Mayo Clinic Laboratories
  • ARUP (Reference Lab)
  • LabCorp (Reference Lab)
  • TriCore (Reference Lab)
  • GeneDx
  • Sonic Labs (Reference Lab)
  • Michigan Pathology Specialists (Pathologist Group)
  • Pacific Pathology Labs (Pathology Group)
  • NorDX (Animal Reference Lab)
  • Novartis (Research Pharm (Life Sciences)
  • AstraZeneca (Pharm/Life Sciences)
  • Caris Life Sciences (Pharm/Life Sciences)
  • Sonora Quest (Population Health Division)

Partners and Suppliers to Laboratory and Pathology Groups

In Vitro Diagnostic Manufacturers

LIS/Pathology LIS/LIMS/RCM/IT

Diagnostic Instrument, Product & Technology

Informatics Products and Services

Suppliers of Automation, Analyzers, and Assays

Revenue Cycle Management (RCM), Coding, Billing, and Collections

Legal, Regulatory & Compliance

Representative Companies:

  • Abbott (Diagnostics)
  • Epic Corporation (EMR/LIS)
  • Clinisys LIS
  • Cerner LIS
  • Telcor (Technology)
  • XIFIN (Technology/Informatics)
  • LifePoint Informatics
  • Change Health Care (RCM/billing)
  • HC1 (RCM)
  • Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. (RCM)
  • COLA (Regulatory)
  • College of American Pathologists (Regulatory)
  • Beckman Diagnostics (Diagnostics)
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories (Diagnostics)
  • Hologic (Diagnostics)
  • Cardinal Health (Product & Technology)
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (Legal)