PLUGS Summit 2019

PLUGS Summit 2019

Registration is now open!

The PLUGS Summit will be held June 12th-14th at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle.
Join over 250 attendees for the 5th annual PLUGS Summit, where a diverse group of 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.

Reception at the Aquarium!

Join us at the Seattle Aquarium for our 5th annual PLUGS Summit reception, June 12th at 6:30PM. Enjoy food, drinks, and networking, all while experiencing the Aquarium exhibits at night. The reception is open to all pre-registered attendees.


Program Agenda

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

8:30 am – 11:30 am Pre-Session at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle Children’s Hospital
This session is not CME accredited.

Spend the morning behind the scenes with Seattle Children’s Laboratory Stewardship Team. Attend the daily lab-wide huddle from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, and lab stewardship committee meeting.

Space is limited; RSVP when you register for the Summit.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ARUP Workshop: Expanding Laboratory Stewardship: Tending the Pharm, Harvesting Success, and More…

Edgewater Hotel – Cascade Room
Cost: $50
This session is not CME accredited.

This interactive intermediate-level seminar is intended for laboratory stewardship neophytes through those who are seasoned veterans of these efforts. Presenters will first describe the current state of laboratory stewardship, and provide detailed descriptions of the key components of successful programs. The scope will then be broadened to identify and discuss exciting new collaborative stewardship opportunities between the laboratory and pharmacy. Finally, an even broader scope and vision of stewardship will be explored, with an eye toward our evolving health care delivery system. Attendees are encouraged to actively engage in this shared learning experience.

Space is limited; register when you register for the Summit.

This workshop is hosted by ARUP Laboratories. We respectfully request that individuals employed by ARUP Laboratories’ direct competitors refrain from registering for this workshop due to proprietary information that will be presented.

6:30 pm Welcome Reception

Join us as we celebrate our 5th Annual Summit at the Seattle Aquarium! Network with your conference colleagues and enjoy drinks and appetizers

Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

Thursday, June 13, 2019

7:00 am Non-CME accredited workshop to be announced.
Bell Harbor International Conference Center

7:15 am Continental Breakfast and Sign-In

8:30 am Welcome and Introduction
Michael Astion, MD, PhD

8:45 am KEYNOTE: The Magical Formula: How Courage + Conflict = Collaborative Communication
Pete Blank, MHR

10:00 am BREAK

10:30 am Infectious Disease Testing: Suplexing the Multiplex
Alex Greninger, MD, PhD, MS, MPhil

11:30 am Laboratory Stewardship Interventions and Process Changes: Successes, Failures, and Opportunities
Lindsay Derby, MS, LCGC        
Joyce Liao, PhD
Ted Pysher, MD                       
Darci Sternen, MS, LCGC         

12:30 pm LUNCH

1:00 pm Poster Session (CME accredited)

2:00 pm Finding the balance with emerging testing technologies: Early adopters versus non-standard ordering
Tina Lockwood, PhD, DABCC, DABMGG

3:15 pm BREAK

3:45 pm ROUND TABLE: Patient-centered Lab Test Stewardship through the Looking Glass: Creating transparency in coding, evidence, and quality

Matthew Fickie, MD
Zach Hochstetler
Peter Guinn
Stephanie Gandomi, MS

6:00 pm PLUGS Banquet Dinner
Edgewater Hotel

Friday, June 14, 2019

7:00 am Non-CME accredited workshop to be announced.
Bell Harbor International Conference Center

7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Sign-In

8:00 am PLENARY: How not to drown in a sea of genetic data: Dealing with patient requests and Direct- to-Consumer tests
Ellen Wright Clayton, JD, MD

9:00 am BREAK

9:30 am The Art of Allergy Testing: Who, When, and Why
Carla Davis, MD

10:30 am Working with IT is killing me: Living through change ( This session is not CME accredited.)
 Gary Procop, MD, MS
Diane Zielke
Nick Trentadue
Lori Cross

12:00 pm LUNCH (provided)

12:30 pm Poster Session (CME accredited)

1:30 pm The Great Genome Debate: Are we ready for prime time?
David Bick, MD
Cheryl S. Reid, MD

2:30 pm A Vision for Standardization and Payment: PLUGS Laboratory Stewardship Standards
Michael Astion, MD, PhD
Jane Dickerson, PhD

Who Should Attend

Laboratory Administrators
Medical Technologists
Medical Directors
Genetic Counselors

Hotel Block

Edgewater Hotel

Block ends May 21st, 2019

2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
Conference Rate: $277/night
Mention “PLUGS Summit” to get the conference rate!
Call to make your reservation: 800-624-0670


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 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) has authorized University of Washington School of Medicine, PLUGS, and Seattle Children’s Dept of Laboratories to offer up to 1.05 CEUs or 10.50 Category 1 contact hours for the activity PLUGS 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.

What are people saying about the PLUGS Summit?

I attended and was absolutely blown away by the content. What I have learned will only strengthen my advocacy with payers on how important genetic testing is and how our robust stewardship program ensures the right test at the right time for the right patient.

Well, you did it again! This year’s PLUGS Summit was fantastic. So many great takeaways and learnings…plus you have created a very intimate and engaging networking environment that I know everyone appreciates.

 A Special Thank You to our 2019 Summit Supporters

Platinum Supporter


Gold Supporter


Bronze Supporters

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Orchard Software

Gold Exhibit Supporters


Silver Exhibit Supporters

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