Author Archives: David Novis

Rita D’Angelo, P.hD. — Process Improvement and Process Redesign

Rita D’Angelo is an internationally recognized expert in process improvement and lean production systems. For over a decade, Dr. D’Angelo has trained and certified in lean management, thousands of healthcare professionals, and improved the efficiency of health care facilities in the United States and Europe.

A co-founder of the Henry Ford Production System, Rita D’Angelo designed and implemented innovative operational efficiencies for the Henry Ford Health System Operating Room, Transplant Institute, Behavioral Services, Women’s Health Services. and the departments of Pathology, Laboratory Medicine and Gynecologic Oncology, and she led the team that secured America’s first integrated laboratory system ISO 15189 accreditation. Rita continues to assist organizations across the US implement Lean Management and ISO 15189.

Rita D’Angelo holds a P.hD. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, masters degree in health administration, a six sigma black belt, and certification in quality engineering and lean production.

Stephen J. Sarewitz, MD –- Laboratory Accreditation, Practice Management

Stephen J. Sarewitz, MD –Laboratory accreditation, Practice management

Dr. Sarewitz, a board-certified AP/CP pathologist with over 30 years experience in hospital and private laboratory practice is a nationally recognized expert in laboratory accreditation. Dr. Sarewitz is has served as Chairman and Commissioner for national, regional, and state divisions of the CAP laboratory accreditation programs and is currently the Vice-chair of the CAP Council on Accreditation. He has held leadership positions, and has developed proficiency testing guidelines for the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute. Dr. Sarewitz is a former member of the board of directors of Eastside Pathology Inc., an independent pathology laboratory providing services to a multi-hospital system in Seattle, WA. Previously, he served on the CAP Board of Governors, as Chair of the CAP Risk Management Committee, and as Vice-chair of the CAP Council on Education. Dr. Sarewitz received his MD from Columbia University, New York NY and his post doctoral training at Hartford Hospital, Hartford CT and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.

David Wilkinson MD PhD FCAP — Managed Care Contracting, Molecular Diagnostics

Dr. David Wilkinson brings to Novis Consulting over 30 years experience in laboratory management, pathologist service contracting, and medical education. Dr. Wilkinson served as Director of Clinical Pathology, Hospital Medical Director, and Secretary of the University Health Plan at The George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC. Subsequently, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, VA recruited him to be Chairman of the Department of Pathology. Under Dr. Wilkinson’s leadership, VCU was among the first of America’s healthcare institutions to create a molecular diagnostics clinical laboratory, research facility and fellowship program, and was among the first to create a clinical next generation sequencing laboratory. At VCU, Dr. Wilkinson also chaired the Managed Care and Contracting Committee, directing teams that developed insurance reimbursement models for pathologists, averted outsourcing of pathology services, and increased pathologist revenues significantly. Dr. Wilkinson received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin and his medical degree from University of Miami. He is Past President of the Association of Pathology Chairs, a former Trustee of the Richmond Academy of Medicine, a member of the AMA’s CPT Advisory Committee, and Former Chair of the Pathology Coding Caucus. He currently serves on the College of American Pathologists’ Economic Affairs Committee. Dr. Wilkinson edited the classic texts, Management in Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Laboratory Management.

Emily Volk, MD MBA FCAP — Accountable Care Organizations, Political Advocacy

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Dr. Emily Volk is a practicing pathologist with a 20-years history of leadership in health care and professional organizations.

Recruited by the Baptist Health System (BHS) Department of Pathology (Austin, TX) Dr. Volk turned around laboratory operations to regain full accreditation, improve blood product utilization by 30%, standardize policies and procedures across five hospitals, and save BHS over $3.8 million.

Dr. Volk is a tenacious advocate for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. As Vice Chair of the College of American Pathologists Council on Government and Professional Affairs, Dr. Volk has been instrumental in averting CMS cuts to pathology reimbursement. As a member of the Board of Directors of the BHS Accountable Care Organization (ACO) she orchestrated the installation of pathologists on the ACO governing board and negotiated their participation in the ACO’s shared savings.

Dr. Volk is a Regional Laboratory Medical Director of BHS and a Governor of the College of American Pathologists.