PLUGS Summit

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PLUGS® is excited to host our 3rd annual Midwest Regional Summit in Minneapolis, MN! The Midwest Regional Summit is presented in partnership with ARUP Laboratories & HealthPartners.

Sponsored by the University of Washington School of Medicine, PLUGS®; Seattle Children’s Hospital Department of Labs

Registration is now open!

Early bird pricing has been extended until 10/25!


8:00 am Lab Test Stewardship: Getting the Right Test AND Getting Paid

Jane Dickerson, PhD and Jessie Conta, MS
Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington

8:45 am Hitting the Mark: Benchmarking as a Tool in your Stewardship Quiver

Joe Rudolf, MD
University of Minnesota

9:30 am BREAK

9:45 am “Systems” Stewardship: Adventures in care group and health plan stewardship, medical coverage policy, and prior notification

Shellie Kieke, PhD, MS

10:30 am Tumor Profiling: Considerations, Challenges, and Changes

Tina Lockwood, PhD
University of Washington

11:15 am Lab-Pharmacy Collaboration – Benefits of Multi-disciplinary Teamwork

Danielle Kauffman, PharmD
ARUP Laboratories

12:00 pm LUNCH (Provided)

1:15 pm Insurance Roundtable: Perspectives on Insurance Coverage & Reimbursement of Genetic Tests

2:45 pm BREAK

3:00 pm Case Studies in Laboratory Stewardship

Claudia Cohn, MD, PhD, University of Minnesota
Andrew Fletcher, MD, ARUP Laboratories
Jason M. Mayer, MSM, MT (ASCP), Park Nicollet Health Services
Lindsay Zetzsche, MS,CGC, Mayo Clinic Laboratories

Continuing Education

CME: The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Genetic Counselor CEUs: The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) has authorized PLUGS / Seattle Children’s Hospital  to offer up to 0.525 CEUs or 5.25 Category 1 contact hours for the activity PLUGS Midwest Regional Summit 2019. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) will accept CEUs earned at this program for the purposes of genetic counselor certification and recertification.


Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis Hotel

3200 E 81st St Bloomgton, MN 55425

To make your reservations, please click here.  If you need additional assistance, please contact the hotel at 877-803-7534. The discounted room rates will be available until Thursday, October 10, based on availability.

 Thank you to our Midwest Regional Summit Supporters!

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Clinical Laboratory Stewardship: Tips, tricks, and tools to benefit patients, labs and payers.

Join us for the 6th annual PLUGS Summit, where ~250 diverse stakeholders gather to learn practical tools for laboratory stewardship program development and insurance advocacy that will apply to hospitals, health systems, reference labs, insurance payers, and patients.

More details to come soon.

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Call for Proposals!

The PLUGS program committee is soliciting high quality, inspiring proposals for the 6th Annual PLUGS 2020 Summit. Selected proposals will be asked to prepare 20 min presentation during a breakout session. Suitable proposals include topics such as genetic counseling in lab stewardship, operational tactics in lab stewardship, stewardship intervention successes and failures (including genetic cases and “the other 88% of lab testing”). The propoals may take the form of case studies, retrospective and prospective studies describing measurable interventions or process changes, quality improvement processes – successes and failures are encouraged. Please submit your proposal by Nov. 1, 2019. Submissions will be reviewed by the program committee and you will be notified of the outcome by Nov. 15, 2019. See an example proposal here.

 A Special Thank You to our Summit 2019 Supporters

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