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Call 23, Tuesday, Aug. 11th at noon (EDT)

5 Ways to Address Supply Chain Shortages Once and For All

Eric Jurinic
Brent Bolton

Speakers: Brent Bolton, CPSM, MBA, VP/GM, Supply Chain Management, Accumen; Eric Jurinic, Vice President, Corporate Supply Chain, Accumen

Key Learnings: Learn lessons from the past to create a sustainable supply chain; Understand how to identify critical supply chain suppliers and product risk points; Identify how to diversify your product portfolio based on a critical needs analysis; Take charge of your supply chain from a short-term crisis response to a long-term plan to mitigate supply chain shortages; Discover how to optimize your supply chain approach- don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good.

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Call 22 from 8/6/20: Managing Your COVID-19 Data with Lab Analytics: Findings, Trends, Real-World Use Cases 


Speakers: Tom Joseph, CEO; Visiun; Tim Bickley, Vice President, Visiun

Key Learnings: Learn how laboratories are using analytics to navigate common challenges experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic; Understand the current COVID-19 hospital trends based on cumulative data since March 2020; Identify real-world COVID-19 workflow scenarios and the data management strategies used to optimize their improvement. Stream On Demand

Call 21 from 8/4/20: Emerging Research: Saliva Testing for COVID-19


Speaker: Nora Hess, MBA, MT(ASCP), Sr. Consultant, Accumen

Key Learnings: Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of testing saliva for COVID-19; Gain information about the potential savings in time and money associated with saliva testing for COVID-19; Hear about research efforts to validate saliva testing. Stream On Demand

Call 20 from 7/30/20: COVID-19 Reporting to HHS: Fast Breaking Changes and Updates

Dr. Pitkus

Featured Speaker: Andrea Pitkus,PhD, MLS(ASCP), Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health

Key Learnings: Understand the COVID-19 Reporting requirements to HHS for all types of COVID-19 testing; Learn how to gather key information in the Ask at Order Entry (AOE) process to support reporting criteria; Recognize the importance of the Universal Device Indicator (UDI) and how to use it in reporting to HHS; Identify the appropriate standards to be used for reporting COVID-19 testing to HHS. Stream On Demand

Call 19 from 7/28/20: How Labs Can Access Employer and Consumer Testing Markets for COVID-19 Testing to Generate Revenue

Allison Martin
Nancy Rector

Featured speakers: Allison Martin, CEO, UDo Test and Nancy Rector, COO, UDo Test

Key Learnings: Hear how employers use UDoTest to facilitate testing at labs with excess capacity ; Learn what labs need to know to support employer COVID-19 testing; Understand how labs with excess capacity can be matched and can participate in COVID-19 national employee screening programs. Stream On Demand

Call 18 from 7/23/20: How Rapid-Prototyping Technologies Can Help Labs Create Data Dashboards that Enhance Operational Oversight of COVID-19 Testing

Featured Speaker: Ulysses G.J. Balis, MD, FCAP, FASCP, Professor of Pathology & Director, Division of Pathology Informatics, Director of Computational Pathology Laboratory Section, Department of Pathology, University of Michigan.  

Key Learnings: Learn what the University of Michigan gained from its rapid deployment of COVID-19 data dashboards, following four months of usage; Hear how rapid-prototyping technologies work to accelerated data dashboard development; Understand how real-time data dashboards are enhancing the lab’s operational oversight. Stream On Demand

Call No. 17 from 7/21/20: Publishing Pricing for COVID-19 Testing: What You Need to Know to Be Compliant and Avoid Inquiry

Featured Speaker: Danielle Holley Tangorre, Partner at O’Connell & Aronowitz Law, where she specializes in health law.

Key Learnings: Hear about the latest regulation requirements for laboratories and providers to post their COVID-19 test prices; Learn what are the steps labs and providers need to take to maintain compliance with these new regulations; Understand how to navigate these new requirements to avoid inquiry or penalty for noncompliance. Stream On Demand

Call No. 16 from 7/16/20:  Effective Strategies to Redeploy Lab Personnel with Excess Capacity during COVID-19 Surge

Featured Speaker:  Meghan Kirkle, Director of Human Capital at TriCore

Key Learnings: Learn how to effectively transition laboratory staff to critical need areas for priority functions or projects when testing volume is transitioned to high demand periods for COVID-19; Identify creative ways for lab staff to provide new and lasting value to laboratory services with influxes of lab testing volume as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; Explore how leadership provided lab staff with opportunities to develop specialty skills that can be repurposed on demand with surges in COVID-19 testing demand; Understand how to balance lab personnel staffing long-term in an uncertain environment. Stream On Demand

Call No. 15 from 7/14/20: COLA Helps Labs Get Answers: COVID-19 Testing, Changes to COLA Survey Process and More

Featured Speaker: Kathy Nucifora, Chief Operating Officer at COLA

Key Learnings: Understand how COLA supports laboratories that want to offer COVID-19 testing; Review COLA’s response to the pandemic; Hear how COLA’s laboratory survey process is changing now and what’s planned if the pandemic persists. Stream On Demand

Call 14 from 7/9/20: Rural Hospital Collaboration with Partner Regional Hospital to Coordinate COVID-19 Testing for Rapid Turnaround Time and Improved Patient Care 

Featured Speakers: Lorraine Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Monroe County Hospital, Navicent Health Partner; and Emily Ryan, PhD, Clinical Laboratory Scientific Director at

Key Learnings: Understand how a rural hospital employed creative solutions to transport COVID-19 specimens to reference lab testing sites to meet initial demand; Learn how a rural hospital coordinated testing with a partner hospital as COVID-19 testing volume increased to ensure testing availability and turnaround time for the surrounding community; Explore how a rural critical access hospital met testing demands to prepare for expected COVID-19 surge; Hear how the laboratory met unexpected challenges and was successful in mitigating issues in growing their COVID-19 testing program to meet patient demand. Stream On Demand

Call 13 from 7/7/20: Direct to Consumer Drive Through Testing for Molecular and Antibody Testing

Featured Speakers: Reeti Khare, PhD, Director, Infectious Disease Laboratory, Director of Infectious Disease Diagnostics at National Jewish Health Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories; and Ronald J. Harbeck, PhD, Immunology Laboratory Director at National Jewish Health Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories.

Key Learnings: Learn how to design and set up drive up a direct to consumer collection station for COVID-19 molecular (swab) and antibody testing (blood draw) testing; Explore the best practices and challenges in collecting and transporting patient samples for COVID-19 testing from the drive up collection sites to the lab; Understand the timeline and milestones for development of a COVID-19 antibody testing program using ELISA methods; Gain insights on how to implement a rapid molecular COVID-19 testing program direct to consumers. Stream On Demand

Call 12 from 7/2/20: COVID-19’s Impact on the Financial Stability of Clinical Laboratories: What’s Happened to Labs’ Specimen Volumes and Cash Flow Since Early March

Robert L. MichelFeatured Speaker: Robert L. Michel, Editor The Dark Report, Founder and principal of  The Dark Intelligence Group. bio

Key Learnings: Compare the decline in routine daily specimen volumes in the outreach/outpatient sectors with the decline in daily hospital lab test volumes; Understand how the commercial lab/outreach market for lab testing is recovering; See the positive impact that COVID-19 lab test volumes have for labs able to perform those tests; Predict how the COVID-19 pandemic may significantly constrain the inflow of routine lab test specimens in coming months. Stream On Demand

Call 11 from 6/30/20: Getting Paid for COVID-19 Lab Test Claims: Essential Steps Every Clinical Lab Can Take to Speed Full Payment as Federal and State Requirements Change and Evolve

Featured Speaker: Danielle M. Sloane, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC (bio)

Key Learnings: Understand what federal law requires, as defined in the two COVID-19 bills; Learn about the issues for pre-surgical testing of COVID-19 and the requirements of different states for submitting claims; Explore key developments in testing staff and residents at nursing homes and long-term care facilities; Gain insights into COVID-19 employer testing programs, including programs for testing staff and providers at hospital and health systems. Stream On Demand

Call 10, from 6/25/20: COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma – Successful Hospital and Blood Supplier Partnership for Patient Treatment 

Featured Speaker: Randy German, Laboratory Administrative Director, Hoag Memorial Hospital, Newport Beach CA

Key Learnings: Review of SARS-CoV-2 Convalescent Plasma and the Mayo COVID-19 Expanded Access Protocol; Design and function of the hospital and blood center partnership; Lessons learned in donor recruitment and willingness of recovered patients to donate; Patient case studies involving use of convalescent plasma. Stream On Demand


Call No. 9 from 6/23/20: COVID-19 Testing for Nursing Homes, Health System Employees, and Employers: How Your Lab Can Tap this Financial Opportunity Using Analytics and New Digital Tools

Featured Speakers: Scott LaNeve, Senior VP High-Value Care, at hc1; Peter Plantes, MD, Executive Physician at hc1

Key Learnings: Perspective on how labs can help clients assess local risk for COVID-19 infection; Need for protocols management when testing residents, staff, and employees for COVID-19; Similarities and differences when labs provide COVID-19 testing programs at nursing homes, hospitals/health systems, employers, and others; Understanding the needs of employers, colleges, and universities as they organize COVID-19 testing to support return-to-work and return-to-school programs. Stream On Demand

Call No. 8 from 6/18/20: Lessons Learned in Standardizing and Harmonizing COVID-19 Testing Across all Laboratory Sites Within Dartmouth Hitchcock Health

Featured Speaker: Dorothy Martin, Regional Laboratory Manager at Dartmouth Hitchcock Health

Key Learnings: Review of COVID-19 sample risk and testing contingency planning in a multi-hospital health network environment; Establishment of standard validation protocols to account for various testing methodologies for COVID-19 across member hospitals; Creation of a ‘validation’ protocol and kit for enterprise hospitals to perform validation studies using same procedures; Lab Personnel, Supply and PPE mitigation planning for impact of COVID-19 testing. Stream On Demand

Call No. 7 from 6/16/20: When Your COVID-19 Patient is Positive, What Does Your Lab Do Next? Using Interleukin 6, Autoverification, and Automated Rule Sets to Triage Patients at Risk of a Cytokine Storm

Featured Speakers: Joshua Hayden, PhD,  Chief of Chemistry, Norton Healthcare; and Angela Martin, Manager, Laboratory Information System, Norton Healthcare

Key Learnings: While a great deal of focus has been placed on COVID-19 diagnostic testing, far less attention has been given to prognostic testing. This testing is especially important given that COVID-19 outcomes range from mild/asymptomatic to death. This call will discuss our health system’s experience with prognostic markers in COVID-19 patients. In particular, we will focus on the implementation and utility of interleukin-6 (IL6) in these patients. Stream On Demand.

Call No. 6 from 6/11/20: Florida Turns to Northwest Pathology/Northwest Laboratory and the TestDirectly Direct-to-Consumer Web Portal for Statewide Testing of Long Term Care Residents and Staff for COVID-19″

Featured Speakers: Jennifer Bull,COO, Northwest Pathology and Northwest Laboratory;and Suren Avunjian,CEO,LigoLab Information System.

Key learnings: Hear how the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has partnered with Northwest Pathology/Northwest Laboratory and the TestDirectly direct-to-consumer web portal to collect and test each of its 500,000 long term care (LTC) residents and staff for COVID-19. Major benefits: 10,000 samples are collected and processed daily with a processing time of 4-to-6 hours, and the results are electronically sent directly to the LTC employees, LTC facilities, and the state within 2-to-3 days of specimen collection. Stream On Demand

Call No. 5 from 6/9/20: “Reagent Rental Agreements and Supply Chain Issues during the Pandemic: How Clinical Laboratories Can Work with Vendors to align deliveries and inventory with current testing volumes”

Featured Speaker: Kevin Hunter, MBA,  CEO Colaborate

Key learnings: Understand the structure and terms of your lab’s reagent rental and equipment supply agreements; What options can vendors offer when your lab runs 50% fewer tests per day than specified in existing agreements; Learn what vendors can and cannot do when a lab asks to renegotiate equipment supply agreements; Assess options for dealing with excess reagents, expire dates, and related issues.Stream On Demand


Call No. 4 from 6/4/20: “Ensuring Financial Survival During and After the Pandemic: Essential Cash Planning Steps for Anatomic Pathology Groups to Align Expenses with Cash Flow and Preserve Group’s Financial Stability”

Featured Speaker: Al Sirmon, Pathology Practice Advisors, LLC

Key Learnings: Building the financial model for 20-24 months with best, middle, and worst case scenarios; developing appropriate assumptions for specimens and revenue; costs, and pathologists’ remuneration; proven strategies that pathology groups are using to respond to the pandemic and align costs with reduced cash flow.  Stream On Demand


Call No. 3 from 6/2/20: “Major Changes in Clinical Laboratory Staffing, Recruiting, and Compensation Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic: What’s Changing in Demand and Compensation for Clinical Lab Scientists with Molecular and Antibody Testing Skills”

Featured Speaker: Jon Harol, Founder of Lighthouse Lab Services.

Key learnings: The silver lining of the lab staffing shortage; COVID-19’s disparate impact on job security for medical lab scientists; Two new areas of increased demand for lab professionals. Stream On Demand


Call No. 2, from 5/28/20: “The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Financial Disaster for the Clinical Laboratory and Anatomic Pathology Professions”

Robert L. MichelFeatured Speaker: Robert L. Michel, Editor The Dark Report, Founder and principal of  The Dark Intelligence Group.

Key learnings: Identify and discuss the disruption in clinical care and resulting crash in labs’ cash flow; Review federal government efforts to ramp up rapid molecular testing for COVID-19; Understand current status of COVID-19 serology testing; Explore current state of clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups, including supply chain, layoffs/furloughs of staff, cash flow concerns. Stream On Demand

Richard-S-Cooper-McDonald-Hopkins-explains-legal-risks-COVID-testingCall No. 1 from 5/26/20: “Legal Issues When Performing Employee COVID-19 Screening Testing for Employers.”

Featured Speaker: Rick Cooper of McDonald Hopkins.

Key Learnings: Identifying and quantifying financial distress risk; Effective negotiation of lease, vendor and debt forbearance agreements; Out of court restructurings – debt refinancing and debt for equity transactions; Formal restructuring through Chapter 11. Stream On Demand