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About the Event

Join us for a complimentary insight-packed event focused on improving laboratory quality and safety and strengthening the patient experience as industry leaders share data-driven observations, trends and experiences. The Joint Commission Laboratory surveyors and leadership teams share their experiences, best practices, and top cited standards.

Attend the Annual Laboratory Roundtable either IN-PERSON in Oakbrook, IL or VIRTUAL.

Join us to hear from:

  • Joint Commission Standards Interpretation Group on challenges and the 10 most cited standards.
  • The Laboratory surveyor team on establishing a meaningful PI plan and evaluating the efficacy for sustained improvement.
  • Industry leaders on laboratory challenges and pertinent federal & regulatory updates.
  • What’s new for 2022 and beyond from Joint Commission to help improve laboratory quality and safety and strengthening the patient experience.
  • Network with the speakers, Joint commission Laboratory leadership team and your laboratory peers.

For our in-person registrants:

You are invited to attend a Welcome Reception on August 31 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Central Time. Please see our required COVID-19 protocols on the Health & Safety tab below.

You'll receive:

  • A complimentary copy of Toolkit for New Accreditation Professionals, 3rd Edition (One copy per in-person attendee only)
  • Complimentary sample copy of PolicySource: P&Ps for Compliance with Joint Commission Requirements for Laboratory (One copy per in-person attendee only)
  • Plus 15% discount on any JCR Publications (excludes The Journal, valid 12/31/22)

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Limited in-person capacity — If we reach full registration, you will be added to an in-person waitlist.

Event Description

Join us for a complimentary insight-packed event focused on improving laboratory quality and safety and strengthening the patient experience as industry leaders share data-driven observations, trends and experiences. The Joint Commission Laboratory surveyors and leadership teams share their experiences, best practices, and top cited standards . You and your team can’t afford to miss this year’s complimentary lab event!

New this year!  We have two options for attending the Joint Commission Annual Laboratory Conference. You can either attend IN-PERSON in Oakbrook, IL or VIRTUAL.

Join us to interact and network with industry leaders, Joint Commission Laboratory team, your laboratory peers, and get engaged in the discussion forum.


The Joint Commission Headquarters - Dennis S. O'Leary Conference Center, One Renaissance Blvd, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Welcome Reception

In-person attendees are invited to attend a Welcome Reception on August 31 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Central Time.

Who should attend?

Pathologists, Laboratory Directors and Administrators. Laboratory Managers and Supervisors, Quality Managers , Hospital C-suite Executives and Laboratory Leadership Teams .

Our team is actively monitoring the COVID landscape. The health, safety and well-being of our participants are our highest priority. We will monitor the situation and will update our guidelines as conditions change. Please see our current Health & Safety Guidelines tab for more information.

Attendees will also have access to the recorded sessions post event.

Keynote speaker : Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, SM (ASCP), SVCM, MBCM, FACs, Global Fellow

  • Evolution of medical laboratory staffing over the past several decades and future of Laboratory Professionals.
  • Challenges around recruitment and retention in the laboratory - Factors such as retirement, burnout, traveling laboratory professionals (free agency) and visibility playing a role in staffing shortages. Challenges of education, visibility, and salary on the future of Laboratory profession.

Cherie J. Ulaskas, MT(ASCP), MA, Associate Director Department of Standards Interpretation

  • Top 10 scored lab standards during survey
  • Top questions asked of SIG/Standards Interpretation Group

Michael Veri, MLS (ASCP), MS Laboratory Surveyor Department of Accreditation & Certification Operations

  • Establishing a Meaningful Performance Improvement Plan
  • Determining meaningful statistics for a performance improvement plan
  • Turning data into an improvement plan
  • Evaluating the efficacy of the plan for sustained improvement

Angelique Daubert MT (ASCP), Branch Manager in the Division of Clinical Laboratory Improvement & Quality (DCLIQ)

  • Review of the DCLIQ organization within the CLIA program
  • DCLIQ priorities
  • Current CLIA enrollment statistics
  • Laboratory tools, guidance, and flexibilities
  • Additional CLIA updates

We are continuing to update our topics and speakers. Please feel free to revisit this agenda page for the latest updates!

The Joint Commission is committed to the health and safety of our attendees and will be following these guidelines:

All attendees will be required to complete a Joint Commission Covid Health Attestation Form at check-in to be admitted to the program. All attendees are required and must attest that they are vaccinated in order to attend this event. In-person participation is limited due to social distancing. Socially distanced seating will be provided and will be expected of attendees at all times for the duration of the program.  The State of Illinois and The Joint Commission are following the updated CDC guidance that no longer recommends universal mask wearing indoors. You are invited to wear a mask, however masks are not required. Continue to check our website for any updates to these requirements.

The Joint Commission meeting space is currently using reduced occupancy limitations to allow more space between attendees. Hand sanitizer will be provided in multiple locations throughout the meeting space.  Meals will be provided & will be served following federal and local regulations.

These guidelines are subject to change, based on current federal and local regulations. By registering you agree to comply with all CDC, state, local and Joint Commission guidelines for Covid safety protocols. Anyone choosing to not abide by these guidelines will not be permitted to participate in the program.


There is a risk of exposure to Covid-19 in any public space where potentially infected people are in attendance. By attending this event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to any exposure to Covid-19 and agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Joint Commission. Those who have symptoms or have had close contact with a person diagnosed with Covid-19 should stay home and quarantine, self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidelines if symptoms develop.

Please note that all hotel, air travel, and ground transportation charges are the responsibility of the meeting attendee.

Hotel reservations, if needed, will be available for you at a local hotel.  Rooms will be available for attendees at a rate of $139.00 per night, plus tax.  Rooms are being held until August 17.

Please be sure to reserve a car to pick you up at the airport. You need only to request a car from the airport to the hotel or The Joint Commission.  We will have a representative available on September 1 to assist with scheduling your return transportation to the airport.

Complimentary shuttle transportation will be provided from the hotel to The Joint Commission.


Kathryn SpatesKathryn Spates is the Executive Director, Federal Relations at The Joint Commission’s Washington, D.C. office. In this role, she analyzes the effects of legislation, regulations, and guidance on The Joint Commission and health care entities and is responsible for building relationships with government agencies and Congress to further Joint Commission’s strategic opportunities. In addition, Ms. Spates responds to congressional inquiries, prepares comment letters, and navigates the legislative and regulatory processes.

Matthew SchulzeMatthew Schulze is the Director of the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Center for Public Policy. At ASCP, Mr. Schulze’s primary policy issues concern reimbursement, workforce, personnel qualifications, quality, and scope of practice. Much of his focus is regulatory in nature and he has significant experience working on regulatory initiatives related to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments as well as Medicare and clinical laboratory reimbursement regulations.

Prior to working with ASCP, Mr. Schulze previously worked on Capitol Hill and with the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Rodne E RohdeRodney E. Rohde, PhD is a Regents’ Professor, Texas State University System, University Distinguished Professor and Chair for the Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Program in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. He also serves as Associate Director for the Translational Health Research Center.

Dr. Rohde is a Global Fellow, Fellow of the Association of Clinical Scientists, and Honorary Professor of International studies. He is an ASCP board certified Specialist in Virology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology. He spent a decade as a public health microbiologist and molecular epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Bureau of Laboratories and Zoonosis Control Division prior to his academic career, including two terms as a CDC Visiting Scientist. Dr. Rohde served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health Professions for nine years. His research interests include Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), antimicrobial resistance, and clinical / public health microbiology especially zoonotic diseases (Rabies, Hantavirus, and others). He also continues to enjoy his role as an Associate Adjunct Professor of Biology with Austin Community College (27 years) where he teaches fundamentals of biology and microbiology courses. 

Dr. Rohde has published over 80 research articles and abstracts, two books and is a highly sought keynote presenter with over 100 international, national, and state conference presentations. His two books focus on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) adaptation and Clinical Considerations in Rabies, respectively. In recent years, he has become a globally viral author subject matter expert utilizing invited articles, TEDx talks, podcasts, video casts and interviews to enhance science communication and translational health research literacy in public health, healthcare and the medical laboratory environment. During the #SARSCoV2 / #COVID19 pandemic, Doc R is the #1 quoted Texas State subject matter expert and has conducted over 150 interviews for podcasts, TV, newspapers, and internet sites as well as delivered dozens of webinars and workshops at the international, national, state, and local levels. He has received numerous awards and honors during his career, and most recently, added to The Pathologist’s PowerList 2020 (global award) and an ASCP Career Ambassador. 

Dr. Rohde is an active leader in multiple professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), American Society of Clinical Microbiology (ASM) and the Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Science (TACLS). He served as a Board Member, President and Past President of TACLS and Chair of the Microbiology and Public Health Scientific Advisory Board with ASCLS. Dr. Rohde is considered a global expert and advocate for his research areas and professions. 

Cherie J UlaskasCherie J. Ulaskas is an Associate Director in the Department of Standards Interpretation at The Joint Commission. Her responsibilities include responding to external and internal customer inquiries regarding standards interpretation and working with organizations during the post-survey process. She also serves as faculty for surveyor and other education programs and consults on the development of standards and the survey process. In this capacity, she interprets standards for all Joint Commission accreditation programs and primarily interprets for the Laboratory programs.

Ms. Ulaskas has worked for The Joint Commission since 1989. She has held positions in Accreditation Operations, Department of Standards, and Joint Commission Resources. She also worked as a Medical Technologist at St. James Medical Center in Illinois before joining The Joint Commission.

Ms. Ulaskas earned undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University and Medical Technology from Governors State University. In addition, she received a Master’s degree in Communication from Governors State University. She also served as adjunct facility at Robert Morris University.

Heather HurleyHeather Hurley is the Executive Director of Laboratory Business Development at The Joint Commission. In this role, Ms. Hurley is responsible for leading business strategies and activities, including the development and implementation of products and services, for the Joint Commission’s Laboratory Accreditation Program, which accredits approximately 1,500 U.S. organizations providing clinical and reference laboratory services. Ms. Hurley also leads the Joint Commission’s Laboratory Accreditation Advisory Council and similar groups, and serves as liaison to associations, collaborative partners, and accrediting and regulatory bodies in the laboratory field. In addition, she provides technical oversight and assistance in support of the development of laboratory accreditation manuals, standards, education programs, and other accreditation-related materials.

Ms. Hurley has more than 13 years of commercial experience in the life sciences market, most recently serving as the director of sales for the Life Science Reagent Business Unit at Affymetrix, Inc., Santa Clara, California. In this role, she was responsible for the company’s direct and indirect selling channels in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Ms. Hurley managed products related to molecular biology enzymes and reagents, biochemical, and cell signaling/gene regulation to reach a variety of customer segments, including diagnostics, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, academic, and government research institutions. Prior to her commercial experience, she began her professional career as a laboratory technologist in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, working in the area of gene expression.

Ms. Hurley received her Bachelor of Science degree in biological science from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Michael Veri

Michael Veri has been a laboratorian for 19 years.  He has served in a regional director capacity for the military overseeing 40 labs in 20 countries.  In the civilian sector he has been a lab director for both for profit and not for profit entities.  Mr. Veri has multiple publications in lab management and has taught medical technology for a NAACLS approved program and has an M.S. in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry.

Angelique DaubertAngelique Daubert MT (ASCP) earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. As a medical technologist, she has worked in a variety of settings including small and large hospitals, physician offices, independent, and reference laboratories. She has filled a variety of roles including Point of Care Coordinator, Operations Coordinator for Immunology and Special Chemistry, LIS software specialist, supervisor, and generalist. In 2016, Angelique transitioned to the regulatory side and started working for CMS in the role of CLIA consultant at CMS Chicago. Recently, Angelique changed positions and is working as a Branch manager for Policy in the CLIA program.