Innovative Management Ideas Theme of Laboratory War College

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ONCE AGAIN, THE Executive War College on Laboratory Management promises to be the management event of the year. Scheduled for May 12-13 at the New Orleans Sheraton, the program features 26 presentations covering the latest developments inn laboratory management.

As in past years, there will be case studies presented by some of the most innovative laboratory organizations in the United States. These include Intermountain Healthcare Laboratories of Salt Lake City, UMASS Health System Laboratory of Worcester, Pathology Medical Laboratories of San Diego, and PAC-Lab Regional Laboratory Network of Seattle.

“Early registrations are running ahead of last year,”? said Robert Michel, Editor of THE DARK REPORT and producer of the War College. “That is probably in response to the expanded program offered this year, plus our special emphasis on contracting for managed care services.”

Managed Care Strategies

“As managed care grows in significance, it is important for laboratories to become more effective with their managed care strategies,”? noted Michel. “A number of specialists from some of the nation’s largest managed care companies (MCO) will share techniques and strategies for building a better relationship with MCOs.”

Another War College exclusive is the appearance of William Hagstrom, President and CEO of UroCor, Inc., based in Oklahoma City. Hagstrom will discuss the development of disease management products based upon diagnostic tests. UroCor is a fast-growing, profitable diagnostics company which serves urologists nationwide.

Similar Profit Margins

“Another feature of this year’s Executive War College is our strategic retreat program,”? noted Michel. “Last year we had multiple attendees from more than 63 laboratories and integrated delivery systems. In response to this, we have arranged for an expert strategic facilitator to be present. Those management teams using the Executive War College as a strategic retreat can schedule time on-site with this consultant at no charge.”

Pathologists will have the opportunity to explore the impact of pathology-based physician practice management companies (PPM) on the market for anatomic pathology services. There will be presentations on the different business models of the PPMs, as well as legal strategies for selling pathology practices.

Total laboratory automation (TLA) also gets analyzed. South Bend Medical Foundation and Health Network Laboratories will be sharing their experiences with TLA.

Already well respected for its no-holds-barred, tell-it-like-it-is candor, the 1998 edition of the Executive War College will once again bring the best in laboratory management to the podium.


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