October 19, 2017 Press Release
4medica® to Sponsor and Exhibit at Lab Quality Confab 2017
(PDF)
Lab Quality Confab attendees seeking tangible takeaways on how to ramp up lab performance and revenue in the face of daunting reimbursement cuts are invited to meet with 4medica at the conference, Oct. 24—25 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans. Representatives from the venerable clinical data integration company will be on hand to explain how labs can utilize automation and specialized revenue cycle management services to more profitably, efficiently and accurately manage orders.

September 20, 2017 DarkDaily News
Medicare Clinical Laboratory Price Cuts and Cost-cutting Predicted to be 2018’s Two Biggest Trends for Medical Laboratories in the United States

To offset the loss of revenue from the price cuts to Medicare Part B clinical laboratory tests, labs will need to aggressively—but wisely—slash costs to balance their budgets

Any day now, Medicare officials will announce the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) for 2018. Both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) have issued reports indicating that these fee cuts will total $400 million just during 2018, which Dark Daily reported on in July.

February 16, 2017 Press Release
Medical Laboratories and Pathology Groups face greater risks when cutting costs to balance budgets; one solution is to identify and correct recurring sources of bad quality in clinical lab testing

Medical Laboratories and Pathology Groups face greater risks when cutting costs to balance budgets; one solution is to identify and correct recurring sources of bad quality in clinical lab testing.

October 6, 2016 Press Release
Clinical Laboratory Innovators in Lean Six Sigma and Process Improvement to gather in New Orleans October 18-19, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (October 6, 2016) — In two weeks, the clinical lab industry’s leaders in the use of Lean, Six Sigma, and other process improvement methods will gather for the annual Lab Quality Confab conference. The event will take place October 18-19 in historic New Orleans at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street, just steps from the famous French Quarter.

November 8, 2015 Blog Post
The State of North America Laboratory Quality 2015

A discussion site for folks interested in improving the quality of medical laboratories. Most will be the thoughts and vents of a long time player in the medical laboratory quality from many perspectives, complex and basic laboratories, developed and developing countries, research and new knowledge.

October 22, 2015 News Post
TriCore CTO Shares Insight At Upcoming Lab Quality Confab And Process Improvement Institute

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)
— TriCore Reference Laboratories Chief Tech Officer, Bill Remillard will address the audience at the upcoming Lab Quality Confab and Process Improvement Institute on November 3, 2015.

October 19, 2015 Press Release
Chi Solutions’ Nora Hess Scheduled to Address Critical Laboratory Issue (PDF)

Ann Arbor, MI (October 19, 2015) — Chi Solutions, Inc. (Chi), a leader in clinical laboratory consulting and management since 1983, announced today that Nora Hess, Senior Consultant, Operations Management, was selected to serve as faculty for the 9th Annual Lab Quality Confab Process Improvement Institute. Presented by The Dark Group, this is the only conference that provides laboratory administrators, managers, and quality team member access to a complete array of professional training in the methods of Lean, Six Sigma, process improvement, and quality management systems (QMS).

October 14, 2015 Press Release 
October webinar to provide laboratories with important updates on government and private payer audits, helping them to prepare their labs with the newest audit tactics

AUSTIN, Texas (October 14, 2015) — Quietly and with little fanfare, government and private health plans are taking tougher actions to ensure that clinical labs and pathology groups are complying with laws, regulations, and managed care contract terms. Increasing are both the number of medical laboratories and pathology groups being targeted for audits of lab test claims, and the issues for which they are being audited.

September 25, 2015 Press Release
Nation’s clinical laboratories and pathology groups to rely once again on Lab Quality Confab for solutions, as pressure continues to cut laboratory costs and deliver enhanced clinical value

AUSTIN, Texas (September 25, 2015) — The topic of cost-cutting at clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups across the nation remains key. It is budget season, meaning hospitals and labs are being told to aggressively reduce their costs in 2016. Health insurers continue to pay less for medical lab testing. These two factors make the management challenge for labs clear: Get better at cutting costs and moving those resources to lab activities that add clinical value to physicians and payers, and improve patient outcomes.

October 6, 2014 Press Release
Chi Solutions, Inc., along with other Clinical Laboratory Innovators in Lean Six Sigma and Process Improvement to gather in New Orleans October 21-22, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (October 6, 2014) — In just a few weeks, the clinical lab industry’s leaders in the use of Lean, Six Sigma, ISO 15189, and other process improvement methods will gather for the annual Lab Quality Confab conference. Chi Solutions, Inc. will be among the attendees. The event will take place October 21-22 in historic New Orleans at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, just steps from the famous French Quarter.

October 6, 2014 Press Release
Impressive list of attendees scheduled to attend Lab Quality Confab in New Orleans October 21-22, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (October 6, 2014) — Now in its eighth year, the annual Lab Quality Confab and Process Improvement Institute is being held October 21-22 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, just steps from the famed French Quarter. This highly regarded event has to date attracted a notable list of registrants from across the country and around the world.

September 23, 2014 Press Release
Nation’s Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Face Greatest Pressure to Cut Costs and Deliver More Value than at Any Other Time in Past 25 Years

AUSTIN, Texas (September 23, 2014) — Topic number one at clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups across the nation is cost-cutting, for two reasons. First, it is budget time at hospitals and labs are being told to aggressively reduce their costs in 2015. Second, health insurers are paying less for medical lab testing. The management challenge for these labs is straightforward: Get good at cutting costs and moving those resources to lab activities that add value to the lab’s physician clients and other stakeholders.

September 3, 2013 Press Release
Join Anne Daley, Senior Consultant from Chi Solutions, Inc., at the 7th Annual Lab Quality Confab and Process Improvement Institute for her Master Class session “Non-Conforming Events in the Lab: Determining the True Root Cause and Ensuring Corrective Actions are Sustained.” Read more

August 21, 2013 Press Release
The All-New Lab Quality Confab Website Makes Its Debut

AUSTIN, Texas (August 21, 2013) — Now in its seventh year, Lab Quality Confab and Process Improvement Institute is the most widely attended meeting in the clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology industry, attracting participants from countries all across the globe. In advance of the 2013 conference, Lab Quality Confab has given its old website an “extreme makeover” and is very excited to announce to senior lab executives and administrators, managers, and quality team members this improved and enhanced online resource.

August 6, 2013 Press Release
First-Rate Collaborations to be Presented During the 7th Annual Lab Quality Confab Poster Sessions

AUSTIN, Texas (August 6, 2013) — Clinical laboratories in the U.S. and around the globe are using Process Improvement, Lean, Six Sigma, and other quality management systems and methods with great success. To foster greater exchange of ideas and best practice achievements,  Lab Quality Confab is providing the opportunity for lab practitioners of quality management to submit an abstract of their process improvement or Lean/Six Sigma project—and upon acceptance— to receive an invitation to present that project at the Poster Presentation Sessions to be conducted  at the 7th Annual Lab Quality Confab and Performance Improvement Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 1-2, 2013.

July 16, 2013 Press Release
Clinical Laboratory Innovators in Lean Six Sigma will gather in New Orleans October 1-2, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (July 16, 2013) — This fall, the clinical lab industry’s leaders in the use of Lean, Six Sigma, ISO 15189, and other process improvement methods will gather October 1-2, 2013 for the annual Lab Quality Confab and Performance Improvement Institute. The event will take place in historic New Orleans, at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel just steps from the famous French Quarter.

April 25, 2012 Press Release
World-Class Collaborations to Take Place During the 6th Annual Lab Quality Confab Poster Sessions

AUSTIN, Texas (September 25, 2012) — Clinical laboratories in the U.S. and around the globe are using Process Improvement, Lean, Six Sigma, and other quality management systems and methods with great success. To foster greater exchange of ideas and best practice achievements, Lab Quality Confab is providing the opportunity for lab practitioners of quality management to submit an abstract of their process improvement or Lean/Six Sigma project—and upon acceptance— to receive an invitation to present that project at the Poster Presentation Sessions to be conducted  at the 6th Annual Lab Quality Confab and Performance Improvement Institute in San Antonio, Texas, on November 6-7, 2012.

August 29, 2012 Press Release
Clinical Laboratory Innovators in Lean Six Sigma to Gather in San Antonio November 6-7, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas (August 29, 2012) — This fall, the clinical lab industry’s leaders in the use of Lean, Six Sigma, ISO 15189, and other process improvement methods will gather November 6-7, 2012 for the annual Lab Quality Confab and Performance Improvement Institute. The event will take place in San Antonio, Texas, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on the famous Riverwalk.

April 26, 2011 Press Release
Fifth Annual Lab Quality Confab Returns to San Antonio on November 15-16, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas (April 26, 2011) – Organizers of the fifth annual Lab Quality Confab and Performance Improvement Institute announced this week that the event will take place on November 15-16, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, on the famed Riverwalk.  The Lab Quality Confab brings together the nation’s leaders in the use of Lean, Six Sigma, ISO 15189, and other process improvement methods. It is the best-attended such meeting in the clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology industry and attracts attendees from countries throughout the world.

September 1, 2010 Press Release
Clinical and Pathology Laboratory Leaders to Share Successes in Process Improvement, Lean, and ISO 15189

AUSTIN, Texas (September 1, 2010) – Clinical and pathology laboratory leaders from across the nation and the globe will soon gather at the fourth annual Lab Quality Confab to share successes, innovations, and case studies in the use of process improvement techniques, including such proven methods as Lean, Six Sigma, and ISO 15189. Lab Quality Confab http:www.labqualityconfab.com will take place on November 2-3, 2010, at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

Lab Quality Confab and Process Improvement Institute is now the world’s largest gathering devoted exclusively to use of process improvement and quality management methods in clinical laboratories, pathology laboratories, and hospitals. Concentrated learning tracks provide clinical lab and pathology professionals with the best and latest in process improvement and quality management methods to cut costs, improve quality and test turnaround times, and boost labor productivity. Special events at Lab Quality Confab will include:

September 4, 2008 Press Release
Global Gathering of Clinical Laboratory Leaders Using Lean, Six Sigma, and ISO:15189

~Lean Six Sigma Poster Presentations, with national awards and a total of $3,500 in prize money to winners in the categories of clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology.
~ Exhibition of Lean, Six Sigma, quality management systems, services, and other products to help those advancing their skills in continuous improvement and quality management.

September 25, 2008
Presenting at the Lab Quality Confab
from LeanBlog.org

I’m giving a talk this morning at the “Lab Quality Confab,” an event for hospital laboratory leaders. The title of my presentation is “Engaging Employees to Embrace Lean and Energize Their Creativity.”
Blogs About Current & Past Lab Quality Confab Events:
I think hospitals have a long way to go in fully engaging their employees and team members in continuous process and quality improvement…

September 25, 2008
Clinical Laboratories Marching Toward Globalization
Many of you know about my views on the globalization of healthcare and the steady convergence in laboratory operations across most developed nations. Among the signs of this phenom…

November 2007
The Dark Report’s Robert Michel extrapolates industry trends
from Findarticles.com

When Robert Michel is not working his way around an industry trade show, he is likely on the road with his wife, Debbie, working his way around the globe. Why? Because Michel actively provides strategic advice to several laboratories and companies that are developing diagnostic technology. Because he hosts or collaborates on several interesting global gatherings of industry leaders. Because his Dark Report must bring his readers intelligence about the increasingly global marketplace and the players involved…


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