NILA's 2014 "Lab Leaders Forum" and Mid-Winter Meeting

Friday-Saturday, January 10-11, 2014
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
San Juan, Puerto Rico


NILA's Annual "Lab Leaders Forum" and Mid-Winter Meeting for clinical laboratory executives (CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Presidents, VPs, and other Laboratory Executives) offers the ideal platform for personal interaction and shared insights.

 Friday, January 10
Saturday, January 11
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

NILA focuses on business/management issues facing laboratories, such as legislative and regulatory issues, marketing/sales, contracting with managed care companies, finding and keeping good employees, financial management, expanding test menus, managing growth, and competing with large publicly traded laboratories.

If there is an issue, topic or problem not listed below that you would like to discuss, let us know, and we will add it to the agenda. This meeting is an open forum and encourages interaction.

Friday, January 10
9:00 a.m.-Noon

The Legislative and Regulatory Outlook for 2014

Discussion led by NILA's Washington Representatives

Julie Allen, Drinker, Biddle and Reath
Erin Will Morton, Drinker, Biddle and Reath


  • Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare)
  • Part B CLFS cuts
  • Part B CLFS Modernization
  • Patient Access to Lab Test Results
  • Carrier and BC/BS Payment Policy Changes
  • Payment Determinations for Molecular/Genetic Tests
  • Bundling of Hospital Outpatient Lab Tests
  • Changes in Payment for Anatomic Pathology

Friday, January 10
Noon-1:00 p.m.


Friday, January 10
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Survival Strategies for the Community Clinical Laboratory

Group Discussion


  • Partnering
  • Generating Cash Business
  • Developing a Niche
  • Diversification
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Strategic Planning
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Network v. Non Network Contracting

AAB's Legal Counsel, Kurt Bratten (O'Connell & Aronowitz) will also participate in the discussion.

Saturday, January 11
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

The Importance of a Robust Laboratory Information System and the Ability to Interconnect with Electronic Medical Records Software

Discussion led by

Eric Crugnale, Sunrise Medical Laboratories

Saturday, January 11
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Open Discussion

Any topic attendees wish to discuss PLUS follow-up from previous day's discussions.

There is still time to reserve your hotel room at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino!  The deadline for the guaranteed NILA room rate of $198 single/double has passed. However, as of December 20, there were still sleeping rooms available for $229 single/double. And, the NILA office may be able to help you obtain the $198 room rate. For assistance, call the NILA office at 314-241-1445 and ask for Denise Hurt. To book your hotel reservation directly for the $229 rate, call Marriott reservations at 888-817-2033 or 787-722-7000.

The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is located along Condado Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This luxury resort offers numerous activities and entertainment options - relax at the pool, complete with water slide and whirlpool, or try your luck at the on-site casino. The convenient Condado Beach location also means that you are in a prime location to visit many Puerto Rican attractions, from the Bacardi Rum distillery, to the fortifications of El Morro and San Cristobal, to the natural beauty of El Yunque rainforest.


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