Special Workshop 2

Breaking Pathology’s Glass Slide Updated: Ways to Build Revenue with Digital Pathology, New CPT Slide Scanning Codes, and More

Thursday, May 2, 2024 ● 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Digital pathology is the number one issue confronting anatomic pathology laboratories in the United States and abroad. When should a lab make the transition from only glass slides to 100% whole slide images and digital pathology workflow?

To help pathologists and their practice administrators answer this important question, the 2024 Executive War College is repeating the popular full-day workshop, “Breaking Pathology’s Glass Slide Updated: Ways to Build Revenue with Digital Pathology, New CPT Slide Scanning Codes, and More” that took place last year.

Some of the pathology profession’s most innovative leaders will be speaking and sharing the successes and setbacks after their pathology labs began scanning glass slides to create whole slide images (WSIs) and their pathologists transitioned to reading cases digitally. Here is where you can confront the reality of digital pathology as it exists in clinical practice today.

Pathology labs now working with WSIs and digital pathology workflow report comparable accuracy when compared to working with glass slides. The benefits come from increased pathologist productivity, the ability to digitally direct cases to subspecialist pathologists, and the ease of accepting referral cases.

During this day of valuable learning, you’ll also hear from vendors with solutions that support digital pathology, ranging from histology and scanners to digital pathology workflow products and artificial intelligence-powered image analysis algorithms. This is a complete, one-day intensive designed to give you and your team everything you need to assess the current state of WSI and digital pathology and how it can benefit your anatomic pathology laboratory.

Last Year’s Digital Pathology Workshop was a sell-out. Register today to secure your place.

Session Details: Breaking Pathology’s Glass Slide Updated: Ways to Build Revenue with Digital Pathology, New Slide Scanning CPT Codes, and More

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Reception and Exhibition

Thursday, May 2, 2024

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast Exhibition

Chair and Moderator of the Workshop: Eric Glassy

Breaking Pathology’s Glass Slide Updated! Ways to Build Revenue with Digital Pathology, Whole Slide Images, AI Diagnostic Tools, and More

Eric Glassy an Executive War College Speaker

Eric Glassy
Medical Director,
Affiliated Pathologists Medical Group,
Rancho Dominguez, CA

Histology Processing of Tissues to Achieve Consistent Quality Glass Slides

Digital pathology readiness begins with histology. Quality of prepared glass slides is one of the most important factor in determining the quality of digitized WSIs. Today’s pathology demands are not just limited to tissue preparation but also improved quality, productivity and downstream image analysis.

To realize ROIs from digital pathology adoption, it is vital to have well-prepared tissue – commercial slide scanners can’t compensate for poor samples.

In this talk, I will discuss aspects of tissue and slide preparation – from slide cutting to coverslipping – that can significantly dictate the outcome of digitization process. I will also discuss the role of automation and quality control in reducing errors and increasing robustness of the digital pathology workflow.

Overview of Histology Processes in Support of Digital Pathology

Vaishali Pannu, Vice President - Digital Pathology, Caris Life Sciences

Vaishali Pannu
Vice President – Digital Pathology,
Caris Life Sciences,
Phoenix, AZ

Morning Break and Exhibition

Scanning the Room: Generating Digital Pathology Assets to Transform Healthcare

Generating digital assets adds cost and complexity to the practice of anatomic pathology. An unforgiving economic landscape and competing institutional priorities can place even modest slide scanning efforts under a microscope. Obtaining value for patients, learners, and investigators in this context requires thoughtful consideration of the digital slide lifecycle and its stakeholders. Scanning the room before scanning the slide is requisite to generating digital pathology assets that transform healthcare

Overview of Digital Scanner Solutions

Joaquin Garcia, M.D., Consultant, Anatomic Pathology Division Chair, Mayo Clinic

Joaquin Garcia
Chair, Division of Anatomic Pathology,
Mayo Clinic,
Rochester, MN

Lunch and Exhibition

Stepwise Introduction of AI and Image Analysis Algorithms into Daily Workflow and Primary Diagnosis

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and supporting technologies to analyze digital pathology images is the new frontier for anatomic pathology. Here is an opportunity to hear up-to-the-minute developments and how early-adopter pathology laboratories are incorporating AI-powered digital image analysis solutions into their clinical practice.

Overview of How AI Is Used to Analyze and Interpret Digital Pathology Images in Clinical Settings

Mariano de Socarraz, CEO, orePlus Servicios Clinicos Y Patologicos, LLC

Mariano de Socarraz
CorePlus Servicios Clinicos Y Patologicos, LLC.,
Carolina, PR

Afternoon Break

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

Digital Pathology: Bill or Not Bill? That is the question.

Category III CPT codes must be submitted on claims in order to demonstrate utilization and adoption of the technology within the industry.  

Who should bill?  Who should not bill?

What are the challenges at point of claims submission and impact of potential delays for reimbursement of primary services?

What are the options for populating claims with the Category III CPT codes?

Robin Miller Zweifel, BioReference Health, LLC

Robin Miller Zweifel
Healthcare Consultant and Auditor,
BioReference Health, LLC
Niota, TN

Summary and End of Digital Pathology Workshop

Eric Glassy an Executive War College Speaker

Eric Glassy
Medical Director,
Affiliated Pathologists Medical Group,
Rancho Dominguez, CA

Space is limited. Register Today.

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


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)