PLUGS® Summit

June 15-16, 2023 in Seattle, WA or online

Join us for the annual PLUGS Summit, where a diverse group of stakeholders gather to learn practical tools for laboratory stewardship program development and insurance alignment that will apply to hospitals, health systems, reference labs, insurance payers, and patients.


The PLUGS Summit is a hybrid event and offers in-person and virtual attendance options. Find additional details about the Summit and register today using the button below!

Summit Agenda

Pre-Summit Workshop: June 14th, 2023

It’s Easy as A, B,C: Fundamentals of Laboratory Stewardship

Sponsored by PLUGS and the University of Washington Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology.

Speakers: Jane Dickerson, PhD, DABCC, Andrew Fletcher, MD, MBA, CPE, CHCQM, FCAP, Medical Advisor, Laboratory Stewardship, Accumen, Patrick Mathias, MD, PhD, and Darci Sternen, MS, CGC

Description: PLUGS Summit registrants as well as local or otherwise interested attendees may register. This workshop is targeted to those who are new in their stewardship journeys and will include:

• Introduction to lab test stewardship
• Stewardship committees
• Beginners guide to IT for stewardship
• Tools for crucial conversations

This workshop is an ancillary event of the PLUGS® Summit 2023 and is offered for an additional fee of $75. Space is limited.

Details: Wednesday, June 14th, 2023 | 1:00PM PT – 3:45PM PT, Olympic Ballroom (4th Floor) | Edgewater Hotel | 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

Welcome Reception: June 14th, 2023

Join us as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of PLUGS at the Seattle Aquarium! Network with your conference colleagues and enjoy drinks and appetizers.

Details: Wednesday, June 14th, 2023 | 6:30PM PT – 8:30PM PT

Seattle Aquarium | 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA 98101

Morning Exhibitor Workshop: June 15th, 2023

How To Lead With Data-Driven Laboratory Stewardship

Presented by: ARUP Laboratories

Speakers: Sandy Richman, MBA, C(ASCP), Tony Smith, BS(HCM), MLT(ASCP)

Description: Data is an essential piece of any stewardship initiative, but setting up the right infrastructure for success can be challenging.

In this workshop, ARUP Healthcare Advisory Services experts Sandy Richman and Tony Smith will explore the necessary steps to establish your data-driven program, setting you up to lead your organization in value-based and cost-saving initiatives.

Register for this session to learn about:

  • Identify the main steps of data extraction and analysis
  • Discuss how data can affect stewardship via a use case scenario
  • Describe the roadblocks that need to be overcome to successfully implement data-driven stewardship

Details: Thursday, June 15th, 2023 | 7:00AM PT – 7:50AM PT | Bell Harbor International Conference Center

Additional Details:

The Edgewater Hotel 

Group rates expired 5/23/23 at The Edgewater Hotel.

The Edgewater is steps away from the Bell Harbor Conference Center and will be the site of the PLUGS Pre-Summit Workshop the afternoon of June 14th and the Summit Banquet on the evening of June 15th.

Online reservations: here
Group Code: 21W9S4
Group Name: PLUGS 2023

Reservations by phone: 800-624-0670 (mention group name and/or group code)

Edgewater Hotel | 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121


All in-person attendees are welcome to join us for the complimentary PLUGS Summit Banquet on the evening of Thursday June 15th, 2023 at The Edgewater hotel, starting at 6PM.

Olympic Ballroom (4th floor) | Edgewater Hotel 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

Support the PLUGS Summit

As a supporter, your company can help to shape the national conversation on insurance policies and fair reimbursement, help us to create standards for laboratory stewardship programs, and demonstrate your support of lab test stewardship to clients and stakeholders.

You can find details about available levels of support here.


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