CEO SUMMARY: Leading laboratory organizations from three countries will take the podium at the EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE in New Orleans on May 11-12, 1999. Their objective: to share up-to-date information on effective laboratory management strategies and methods used to deal with the challenges of managed care, declining reimbursement and healthcare consolidation.
UP-TO-THE-MINUTE DEVELOPMENTS in laboratory and pathology management will be revealed at this year’s EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE, scheduled for May 11-12 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans.
A late addition to the program is Auckland Healthcare System (AHS) of Auckland, New Zealand. It’s a fascinating management case study. North American laboratorians will find many common themes in how this laboratory is dealing with healthcare changes in its own country.
“We are New Zealand’s largest healthcare provider,” said Graeme Benny, Ph.D., General Manager of Clinical Support for AHS. “Our lab services group is a major player in New Zealand. It is the largest by revenue and by dollar volume, and has the most extensive test menu in the nation.
“Although New Zealand’s entire healthcare system is in turmoil, pathology and laboratory have been particularly hard-hit,” continued Dr. Benny. “We are being challenged to run commercially-viable operations in an environment that
continues to retain historical revenue protection mechanisms for private providers. Money is incredibly tight and hospitals find themselves providing the ‘safety net’ for complex, expensive cases while the private segment concentrates in high-volume, low complexity fee-for-service work.”
“Although New Zealand’s entire healthcare system is in turmoil, pathology and laboratory were hit particularly hard,” continued Dr. Benny.
New Zealand’s problems are consistent with those in the United States and Canada. Joining Dr. Benny on the podium will be lab executives from Tenet Healthcare and SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories. They will discuss the regionalization and consolidation project involving 30 Tenet hospital laboratories in Southern California.
Another fascinating presentation will be Dynacare Kasper Medical Laboratories of Edmonton, Alberta. Over a two-year period, the province reduced funding for laboratory services by 30%. In response, all hospital and commercial laboratories were required to come together and create a unified, regional laboratory network.
Slashed Expenses By 40%
Under this common laboratory management umbrella, Edmonton’s laboratory administrators were able to slash laboratory expenses by 40%, while preserving a consistent test menu and lab services capability. The experience of Dynacare Kasper Medical Laboratories demonstrates that many laboratories have the potential to achieve much more in productivity and cost reduction than is typical.
“This year’s EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE line-up provides a full range of presentations on the most important subjects challenging laboratory administrators and pathologists,” said Robert Michel, Editor-In-Chief of THE DARK REPORT and host of the event. “Attendees will find it to be a management learning lab, an industry ‘think tank,’ and a powerful networking opportunity.
“We are also excited to be hosting two national laboratory industry firsts,” he continued. “One is a nationwide gathering and management-level training for lab and pathology sales and marketing directors. The other is a laboratory CEO SUMMIT day. This invitation-only event will have executive-level briefings from CEOs of several diagnostics industry manufacturers.”
In just three years, the EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE has earned a reputation as a superb place to identify lab industry trends and meet leaders in management innovation. Evidence of this recognition comes from the fact that editors of the major laboratory and pathology publications now consider it a “must-attend” event on their personal calendars.
During the past year, many 1998 WAR COLLEGE presentations were profiled in publications such as CAP Today, Clinical Laboratory News, MLO, and others. That further demonstrates that groundbreaking developments in lab and pathology management are recognized first at the EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE!
Relevant Case Studies Plus a Faculty of Lab/Path Leaders
When EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE ‘99 convenes in New Orleans on May 11-12, these progressive laboratory organizations will headline a comprehensive program of more than 40 presentations!
American Medical Laboratories
Auckland Healthcare System
Auckland, New Zealand
Bay State Reference Laboratories
Dynacare Kasper Medical Laboratories
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
LabNet of Middle Tennessee
SVI Laboratory Services
Charleston, West Virginia
Tenet Health Care Corp. &
SmithKline Beecham Clinical
Los Angeles, California
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