ABG, Lab Billing and Coding, and

POCT Quality Highlight our Next Meeting...

Thursday, September 21

Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park

Wilmington, DE

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Breakfast and Registration


Welcome Remarks


The ABCs of ABG

Jim Aguanno, PhD, Senior Clinical Consultant, Siemens Healthineers | Bio


Arterial blood gases, or ABGs, are an important routine investigation to monitor the acid-base balance of patients. They play an important role in the work-up and management of critically ill patients and patients. They may help make a diagnosis of pulmonary and metabolic disorders. They indicate the severity of a condition and help to assess treatment. ABGs provide information on the patient’s oxygenation status, adequacy of ventilation, and, of course, the type of acid-base disorder that might or might not exist. This presentation discusses some of the basic concepts regarding arterial blood gas analysis. In addition, it describes a stepwise approach for the interpretation of ABGs through the use of typical case studies.


Break and Vendor Visits


Establishing a Billing and Coding Program in the Laboratory: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Milly Keeler, BSMT(ASCP), CLC(AMT), CCCP® | Bio


Learn about 5 of the major regulatory policies that you must be aware of; False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Physician Self-Referral Statue, Exclusion Authorities, and Civil Monetary Penalties Law. Review the seven essential components of an OIG billing and coding compliance plan. Obtain resources to develop your own site-specific Laboratory Compliance Plan.


Lunch and Vendor Visits


KEYPOCC Business Meeting


Ensuring Quality of Your POCT

Irwin Rothenberg, MBA, MS, MT(ASCP)  | Bio


Many people approach safety in healthcare in a protocol driven way- comply with the regulations, make a standard protocol, discipline those who fail to follow standard procedure, etc.  In a safety culture, laboratorians are viewed as thinking professionals who are educable and inherently want to do the right thing. Rules cannot be made for every possible situation, so the safest places have workers who analyze every work situation and feel comfortable identifying safety threats and offering solutions. Safety concerns are opportunities for learning and improving rather than blaming and disciplining. This talk will discuss laboratory and patient safety in the context of a facility that develops a safety culture and offer suggestions for creating a safety culture at the audience’s workplaces.


Break and Vendor Visits


Panel Discussion: Nursing Perspectives in the Lab

Jeanne Mumford, MT(ASCP)



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Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park
1914 W Park Drive
Wilmington, DE 19803 |  Directions

Speaker Bios

Jim Aguanno, PhD

Dr. Aguanno received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Memphis State University. Following his Ph.D., he did two post-doctoral fellowships one at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a second at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  Dr. Aguanno was Director of the Core Laboratory at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas for 24 years.  Dr. Aguanno joined Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in January of 2004 and is currently Senior Clinical Specialist in the Clinical and Scientific Affairs group and provides educational presentation on a variety of clinical topics.

Milly Keeler, BSMT(ASCP), CLC(AMT), CCCP®

Milly Keeler BSMT (ASCP), CLC (AMT), CCCP® is a CLIA Specialist with DoctorsManagement and serves as a Laboratory Technical Consultant for DoctorsManagement Clients and with clients through her own company, Keeler Laboratory Consulting. Milly brings over 20 years of extensive knowledge and experience in multiple disciplines of laboratory testing having worked in a variety of healthcare settings including hospital, physician offices, urgent care facilities, and food service microbiology laboratories. Ms. Keeler earned a BS degree from Edinboro University in Medical Technology with minors in chemistry and biology. She is Board Certified by American Society of Clinical Pathology and has been an associate member since 1995. She is a certified Clinical Laboratory Consultant through American Medical Technologists. Active as a board member for the Northwest Chapter CLMA (Clinical Laboratory Management Association) since 2009, she recently has joined the Active Response Team of CLMA. She and is passionate about laboratory testing and how it is a key contributor to quality patient outcomes.  Ms. Keeler has provided CLIA training for clients and professional organizations. Using her technical and operational expertise she specializes in working with laboratories to help them establish and perform laboratory testing that enhances the quality of patient care.

Irwin Rothenberg, MBA, MS, MT(ASCP)

Irwin Rothenberg is a Technical Writer / Quality Advisor with COLA Resources, Inc. (CRI), the non-profit education and consulting subsidiary of COLA. Before joining CRI, Irwin served COLA’s Accreditation Program for 18 years in a variety of roles. For many years, Irwin was a COLA surveyor, later combining his technical knowledge and management experience to become the Surveyor Team Leader. Irwin has visited, surveyed and advised hundreds of laboratories ranging in size from small physician office labs (POLs) to laboratories serving large hospital systems. Before joining COLA, Irwin was the CEO of Community Response, Inc., a non-profit provider of medical, social, food and housing services to HIV/AIDS clients in west suburban Chicago. His earlier experience included clinical laboratory management and technical consultant positions for hospitals in Colorado, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

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