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LMU at ASCP 2013 Chicago: Honing Management Skills

Monday, June 17, 2013

One of the most important skills Jonathan Heller, DLM(ASCP)CM, has learned as a laboratory director is “the art of learning to work with regulators.”

In his presentation, “Laboratory Inspections: How To Ensure Your Lab Will Meet The Regulatory Guidelines,” at ASCP 2013 Chicago, Mr. Heller will share strategies implemented in the pathology laboratory he manages at MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C., to ensure employees are well trained and prepared for inspections.

Mr. Heller

The session is part of the popular Laboratory Management University (LMU), which will offer seven sessions at ASCP 2013 Chicago, Sept. 18–21. LMU, a certificate program developed by ASCP and the American Pathology Foundation, will offer sessions covering Leadership, Personnel Management, Operations, Financial Management, Informatics, and Compliance.

“The LMU sessions provide the fundamental skills that all laboratory managers, whether pathologists or laboratory professionals, need to have,” says Melissa Lord-Toof, APF Associate Director. “This type of programming is especially important for pathology residents who will be dealing with management issues on a day to day basis.”

The sessions bring together experts in their fields, as well as clinicians, who will share practical knowledge with their peers on the different ways that laboratory practices—large or small, academic or hospital, and rural or urban—handle management issues.

“Most laboratory professionals and pathologists did not attend business school. I want them to realize that after the test results leave their hands, there is a lot more that takes place of which they may not be aware.”
—Kelley Suskie

In “Show Me the VALUE—Financial Management for Practice of Pathology,” Kelley Suskie will offer her perspective as an administrator for a group practice as she discusses the laboratory revenue cycle and provides participants tools to aid in their valuation.

“Most laboratory professionals and pathologists did not attend business school,” says Ms. Suskie, Administrator of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Ark. “I want them to realize that after the test results leave their hands, there is a lot more that takes place of which they may not be aware.”  

Ms. Suskie

During ASCP 2013 Chicago, APF will also offer other sessions that will be valuable to pathologists, laboratory professionals, and residents seeking to bolster their knowledge of the business side of laboratory operations. They won’t want to miss “Pathology Practice and Regulatory Issues,” presented by attorney Jane Pine-Wood, J.D., a foremost U.S. expert on practice and regulatory issues for pathology. She will discuss national legal and regulatory perspectives and will use cases to illustrate why those developments in the legal and regulatory fields are going to affect the practice of pathology.

“She brings that message home using real life, case-based examples and keeps the message very down to earth,” Ms. Lord-Toof says.

Register for ASCP 2013 Chicago by June 30 and pay $699, a savings of $300.


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