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Bell Harbor International Conference Center

2211 Alaskan Way

Seattle, WA 98121

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June 12 - 14, 2019

Join us for the 5th annual PLUGS Summit, sponsored by the University of Washington School of Medicine, PLUGS & Seattle Children’s Hospital Department of Labs, 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 Pricing Ends: May 12th, 2019 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time


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.

Hotel Block: rate ends May 21, 2019

Edgewater Hotel
2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
Conference Rate: $277/night

Mention "Seattle Children's PLUGS '19" or the code "#21N3IM" to get the conference rate!
Call to make your reservation: 800-624-0670


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 huddleat 9:45 am, and lab stewardship committee meeting from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

This session is full, if you would like to be added to the waitlist please email plugs@seattlechildrens.org

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

Edgewater Hotel – Cascade Room
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 Be the CHANGE you wish to see in YOUR LAB Presented by Roche Digital Diagnostics

Bell Harbor International Conference Center. This session is not CME accredited.

More information and Register Here

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, CSP

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
Pysher, MD
Sternen, MS, LCGC

12:30 pm LUNCH

1:00 pm Poster Session

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 Industry workshop (TBD)

Bell Harbor International Conference Center. This session is not CME accredited.

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
Nick Trentadue
Lori Cross, BS

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

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