PLUGS Midwest Regional Summit

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PLUGS® Midwest Regional Summit
October 26th, 2018

Hosted by BloodCenter of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI


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Join us for the PLUGS® regional summit, where laboratory stewardship leaders come together to collectively examine best practices to optimize coverage of appropriate tests through insurance industry partners.

Who Should Attend:
•    Healthcare Executives
•    Laboratory Administrators
•    Medical Directors
•    Health Insurance Executives
•    Genetic Counselors
•    Medical Geneticists



9:00 AM Laboratory Stewardship: Pursuing the dream of alignment between patients, clinical labs, and payers
Michael Astion, MD, PhD
Seattle Children’s Hospital,
University of Washington

9:45 AM The complexity of HLA: when is testing appropriate, and when is it not?
Matt Anderson, MD, PhD
BloodCenter of Wisconsin

10:45 AM Genetic Testing Protocols in Congenital Heart Disease
Gabrielle Geddes, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin

11:30 AM Blood Utilization Management and Parallels in Laboratory Stewardship
Barbara Bryant, MD, FCAP, FASCP
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health)

1:30 PM Insurance Roundtable: Perspectives on Insurance Coverage & Reimbursement of Genetic Tests

  • Angela Escobar, BSN, RN
  • Mary Pak, MD, FACP

2:45 PM Case Studies in Laboratory Stewardship

  • Melissa Baraboo, MS, CGC
    Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
  • Stephanie Dugan, MS, CGC
    BloodCenter of Wisconsin
  • Jessica Shank, MS, CGC
    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Christina Zaleski, MS, CGC

Welcome Happy Hour:

Date: Thursday, October 25th, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Café Hollander, 7677 State Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Join us for a networking event to connect with colleagues before the conference.
Please RSVP when registering.

Hotel Block:

Residence Inn by Marriott Milwaukee West
1300 Discovery Pkwy, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(approximately .5 miles from BloodCenter’s Blood Research Institute)

Free shuttle provided; Free parking available

Make sure to mention BloodCenter of Wisconsin/PLUGS to get the block price!


Lunch will be provided.
Tours of BloodCenter of Wisconsin will be available at 7:30 AM on October 26th, 2018.


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