PLUGS® Summit

June 1-2, 2022 in Seattle, WA or online

Join us in Seattle or online 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.

Early bird registration rates end May 6th, 2022 (11:30PM PT).

Registration options and accreditation information can be found on our registration page, using the button below!

Program Agenda

The program agenda can be found here.

Exhibitor Workshops

ARUP Laboratories Workshop – The Importance of Good Governance in Lab Stewardship—Setting Your Program Up for Success

Speakers: Sandy Richman, MBA, Tony Smith, BS, MLT, Karen Brownell

Description: Proper governance is the most important and sometimes the most challenging aspect of developing an effective lab stewardship program. Join ARUP Healthcare Advisory Services experts, Sandy Richman and Tony Smith, as they walk you through establishing a high-functioning interdepartmental laboratory stewardship committee.

They will cover the following:

• How to get approval for your program
• Objectives and activities of the planning and steering committees
• Groups that must be represented on the steering committee
• Potential challenges that may arise and strategies to overcome them
• Ways to improve collaboration with other clinical care teams in your organization

Karen Brownell, assistant vice president of Laboratory Services at Intermountain Healthcare, will share how her team successfully navigated challenges to gain support for and develop an effective lab stewardship committee.

This workshop is held in conjunction with the PLUGS® Summit 2022 and is offered at no additional cost to PLUGS Summit attendees. Workshops are available only to in-person attendees.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022
7:00AM PT
Location: Sound Room
Register here

Quest Diagnostics & hc1 Workshop – Building a Culture of Lab Stewardship

Speakers: Donna D. Cooper, MS, MBA, James Haarbauer, MS

Description: Are you looking to take your lab stewardship program to the next level? Join us for a discussion about expanding your health system’s lab insights. In this session, Donna Cooper, Senior Director of Product Solutions at Quest Diagnostics, and James Haarbauer, Senior Business Intelligence Consultant at hc1, will share how to go beyond basic reporting and leverage data from the macro level to individual physician ordering behaviors. Learn how you can empower hospital leaders with actionable insights that drive targeted improvements in test utilization, reduce clinical variations, and reduce the cost of care.

They will cover the following:

• Key players and top strategies for building an effective lab stewardship committee
• A 3-step informatics process for building out your project pipeline
• How hospitals can support lab stewardship programs and improve human health

This workshop is held in conjunction with the PLUGS® Summit 2022 and is offered at no additional cost to PLUGS Summit attendees. Workshops are available only to in-person attendees.

Thursday, June 2, 2022
12:30PM PT
Location: Sound Room
Registration is not required

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.

Additional Details:

Health and Safety Information for COVID-19 (3/30/22):

The health and safety of our participants is of the utmost importance and we appreciate the feedback and collaboration of our attendees. We will meet or exceed CDC, City, State, and Federal guidelines to plan a safe event.

We will update this information as the event gets closer with specific guidance.

Bell Harbor Conference Center’s health and safety measures can be found here.

The Edgewater Hotel’s health and safety measures can be found here.


Hotel Block at The Edgewater (Group rate expires 5/9/22):

Group rates ($285/night) at The Edgewater are available until May 9th, 2022.

The Edgewater is steps away from the Bell Harbor Conference Center and will be the site of the PLUGS Summit Banquet for attendees on the evening of June 1st, 2022.

Online reservations: here

Group Code: 21U7UP

Group Name: PLUGS 2022

Reservations by phone: 206-728-7000 (mention PLUGS 2022 group name and/or 21U7UP 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 June 1st, 2022 at The Edgewater hotel, starting at 6PM.

Edgewater Hotel 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121


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