2014 West, Midwest & Canada
Regional APC/PDAS Meeting in Hawaii!
October 21-24, 2014
We are excited and very pleased to announce that the next APC/PDAs West, Midwest
& Canada meeting will take place October 21-24, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort
and Spa, Kaua'i Hawai'i! Additional information about this fabulous resort can be found here and here.
If you rent a car, parking will be free at the hotel.
If you plan to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel, please call 24-7 Taxi, (808) 639-4480, when you land. You will receive a discounted charge of $39 for the trip, regardless of the number of passengers (normally the trip is $50) if you mention the A.P.C. (stress the word "Pathologists"!)
Tuesday, October 21st
6:00 pm Welcome Hawaiian Dinner for attendees and their gusts (free!)
Wednesday - Friday, October 22-24
8:00 am to 12:00 noon - Meetings
12:00 noon onwards - Free time
Wednesday Oct 22: Reimbursement Challenges and Opportunities
8am-9:10am: Proposed Medicare payment changes in 2015
Jonathan L. Myles, M.D.
Chair, College of American Pathologists Economic Affairs Committee
Staff Pathologist, The Cleveland Clinic
9:10am-9:45am: SGR and CAP legislative priorities for 2015
John H. Scott Vice President, Advocacy, College of American Pathologists
10:15am-10:55am: New CAP initiatives to meet practice Challenges
Richard Friedberg, M.D., Ph.D.
President-Elect, The College of American Pathologists
Chairman, Dept of Pathology Baystate Health, Springfield, Massachusetts
Donald S. Karcher, M.D.
President, Association of Pathology Chairs
Chair, Department of Pathology, George Washington University
10:55am-11:30: Adapting to practice challenges through cost repositioning
Kandice Kottke-Marchant, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute
Chair Department of Pathology, CCLCM Section Head, Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Cleveland Clinic
11:30 –Noon: Roundtable discussion: What can we do to adapt a changing healthcare environment?"
Dr. Myles, Mr. Scott, and Drs. Friedberg, Karcher, and Marchant
Thursday Oct 23
Robert Tessier, HBP Services, Inc: Performance-Based Incentives and Effectiveness Preparation for Part A Negotiations
Robert Tessier, HBP Services, Inc: Tips for Department Improvements and Maximizing Revenue
Jason Merker, Stanford: Clinical genomics
Karen Kaul, NorthShore University Health System: The Clinical Laboratory's Role in Cost and Share Transformation (including systems, outreach, and IT tools)
Further speakers and topics presently being scheduled:
Pathology in Canada
Richard Hegele, University of Toronto
Education and Curriculum
Barbara Knollman-Ritschel, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Mentoring in Pathology
John Baci, Boston Children's Hospital
Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents (PIER)
Don Karcher, George Washington University
The American Pathology Foundation
Karen Thompson, University of Hawaii
Preparing residents for private practice
Role of medical examiners in academic pathology
Fostering and supporting research activities in academic pathology
Funding the academic mission
Other challenges on the horizon
Surprise guest and talk
Free-for-all final discussion
Kauai attractions include the fabulous Waimea Canyon (the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific") and the Napali Coasst (accessible only by foot, sea, or helicopter), as well as fabulous beaches, bays, towns, rivers, waterfalls, and more.