What happens in Vegas….should not stay in Vegas! At least, not what happens at the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) KnowledgeLab 2014, which will be held May 4 through May 7. Conference attendees will enjoy stimulating General Sessions and Breakout Sessions and multiple opportunities for networking, and then bring the fruits of their experience back home to enrich the professional growth of their fellow laboratorians and the institutions they serve. If you are attending the conference, we hope you’ll stop by and say hi to the MLO team at Booth 604.
The opening General Session, presented by Michael Astion, MD, PhD, of Seattle Children’s Hospital, from 8 AM to 10 AM on Monday, May 5, will set the tone for a program that is both far-reaching and practical. Dr. Astion will speak on “Courageous Interventions to Reduce the Use of Unnecessary Laboratory Tests, Including Expensive Sendout Tests.” On Tuesday, May 6, from 8 AM to 9 AM, Timothy Skelton, MD, PhD, Medical Director Core Laboratory & Laboratory Informatics, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, will present on “Driving Laboratory Value through Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR). On Tuesday from 9 AM to 10 AM. Paul Epner, CLMA President, will lead a group of distinguished panelists in discussing “Changing Health Systems from the Clinical Laboratory.”
Topics to be covered in Breakout Sessions include “Succession Planning – Preparing for the Take-over?” presented by MLO Editorial Advisory Board Member Tony Kurec, M, H(ASCP)DLM; “Laboratory Response to a 2012 Hepatitis C Outbreak”; “Laboratory Outreach: Evolution and Alignment for the Future”; “A Hospital Laboratory Response to Disaster; When it Comes to Regulation, Knowledge is the Best Weapon”;”Achieve Major Cost Savings by Understanding and Implementing Labor Productivity and Expense Benchmarks”; “Meaningful Use Stage 2 as it Relates to the Lab / Implementing the Public Health Agency Interface”; “Increasing Patient Value – An Evidence-based Approach for Utilization of Pathology Laboratory Testing & Transfusion Management”; “Laboratory Information Systems—Are They Commodities? What Makes The Difference in Selection? What’s Important Now?” and many more. Read the complete list of Breakout Sessions—and then navigate the site to learn more about KnowledgeLab 2014.Read more