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 and Exhibition

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
MD,
Medical Director,
Affiliated Pathologists Medical Group,
Rancho Dominguez, CA

Processing Tissues in Histology to Achieve Consistent Quality Glass Slides for Scanning

When transitioning to digital pathology, it is essential that the histology laboratory tweak existing processes specifically to produce glass slides of a consistent quality to optimize the resulting whole slide images (WSIs) produced by digital scanners. This session will identify “tricks of the trade” that histology labs can use to generate more uniformity in the glass slides so that the resulting WSIs are of the highest quality for analysis by pathologists.

Overview of Histology Processes in Support of Digital Pathology

Speaker to Be Named
Position, Organization,
City, State

Executive War College Third-Day Workshop Company Presentations

Presentations by Companies with Histology Solutions
Companies to be named.

Morning Break and Exhibition

Best Practices in Scanning to Create Whole Slide Images

Converting glass slides into whole slide images is the brand new step between histology and a pathologist reviewing the resulting images. Today’s case study from the world’s largest digital scanning laboratory will identify the essential steps necessary for the scanning process to produce consistent and high-quality WSIs.

Overview of Digital Scanner Solutions

Executive War College Speaker Joaquin Garcia

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

Executive War College Third-Day Workshop Company Presentations

Presentations by Companies with Digital Scanner Solutions
Companies to be named.

Lunch and Exhibition

Use of Image Analysis Solutions Incorporating Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

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

Speaker to Be Named
Position, Organization,
City, State

Executive War College Third-Day Workshop Company Presentations

Presentations by Companies with Pathology Image Analysis Solutions
Companies to be named.

Afternoon Break

Assessing and Implementing Pathologist Workflow Solutions

To fully leverage the multiple benefits of digital pathology and WSIs, the same level of attention should be given to the pathologist’s workflow tools. Today’s case study shares the lessons learned as the pathology leaders in a 30-hospital health system evaluated their options, identified the necessary features and functions of different pathology workflow systems, shopped various vendors, and planned the implementation of a fully-digital pathology workflow solution. Expect many surprising—and useful—insights that can guide your pathology lab’s implementation of digital pathology.

Case Study: Assessing, then Integrating DP Solutions with Existing IT Systems

Cheryl Schleicher, Director, IT Strategy, Northwell Health

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

Executive War College Third-Day Workshop Company Presentations

Presentations by Companies with Pathologist Workflow Solutions
Companies to be named.

Achieving Full Digital Pathology Integration

Now that the first steps to introduce WSIs and digital pathology into the daily workflow at this 33-hospital health system—spanning four states—are underway, the next objective is to continue to drive adoption. With the basic systems in place, pathology leadership is recognizing overlooked obstacles to 100% adoption while also identifying new ways to leverage digital pathology to speed up time to answer, make pathologists more productive, and improve patient care and outcomes.

Case Study: Lessons Learned on the Path to Full Digital Pathology Implementation

Dylan Miller
MD,
Pathology Department Chair,
Intermountain Health,
Salt Lake City, UT

Payer Expectations When Presented with Digital Pathology Claims

Use of digital pathology is moving fast. As new uses of scanning, whole slide images (WSIs), and AI-powered image analysis solutions work their way into daily clinical practice, payers are lagging behind these developments. Yet there is progress in certain areas of digital pathology. This session will provide a current look at what payers expect as they receive claims involving digital pathology services, including claims that include the Class III CPT codes for scanning glass slides to create WSIs.

Robin Zweifel speaker at the Executive War College

Robin Zweifel
Director, Coding & Billing Compliance,
BioReference Laboratories
Elmwood Park, NJ

Creating a Winning DP Use Case with ROI That Convinces Partner Pathologists and Hospital Administration

When considering the adoption of digital pathology, it is necessary for each pathology lab to answer two questions. First, can digital pathology benefit our laboratory, given our referring clients and our subspecialist pathologists? Second, what is the return on investment (ROI) for full digital pathology implementation that will allow us to recoup a timely return on our investment? This session provides valuable answers to both questions. It identifies the key benefits that will accrue to labs that “go digital.” It lays out the range of factors that must be incorporated into the ROI analysis.

Esther Abels Mac, Biomedical Regulatory Health Science Expert, Boston, MA

Esther Abels
CEO and Founder,
SolarisRTC, LLC
Boston, MA

4:10 PM - 4:30 PM

Reimbursement Issues with Digital Pathology

Both government and private payers are recognizing that digital pathology has value in clinical care. At the same time, payers have been slow to issue coverage guidelines and establish adequate reimbursement for digital pathology services. Here is an up-to-the-minute assessment of how Medicare, Medicaid, and private health plans are dealing with claims for digital pathology services.

Speaker to Be Named
Position, Organization,
City, State

4:10 PM - 4:30 PM

Summary and End of Digital Pathology Workshop

Eric Glassy an Executive War College Speaker

Eric Glassy
MD,
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

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)