The US Oncology Network Hosts Second Annual Boot Camp Focusing on New Value-Based Care and Payment Models

June 23, 2017

Intensive workshop provided resources, expertise to help practices succeed with the Oncology Care Model, MIPS and other alternative payment programs

The Woodlands, Texas (June 23, 2017) — The US Oncology Network (The Network) hosted its second annual boot camp last month in Dallas, focusing on various value-based care delivery and reimbursement models. The intensive two-day workshop brought together more than 100 key stakeholders and thought leaders in value-based care, including physicians, clinical staff, quality leads, and executive leaders from The US Oncology Network affiliated practices across the nation. Participants shared best practices and lessons learned from participation in emerging payment models, with a focus on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s Oncology Care Model, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and other alternative value-based programs. The special seminar was a collaborative effort of The US Oncology Network and McKesson Specialty Health.

“Value-based care is no longer an initiative of the future, it is here today,” said Marcus Neubauer, MD, vice president and medical director, Payer and Clinical Services, McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network. “Our boot camps enable us to collaborate and share insights and knowledge that The Network affiliated practices have gained. As practices undergo the major transformation required to accommodate this new way of delivering care, we will continue to develop innovative solutions that enable them to succeed in this transition while keeping patient care their number one priority.”

Seminar attendees heard presentations from their peers and McKesson Specialty Health thought leaders on topics aimed at providing practical information to help practices prosper―including how to lead change while managing daily operations and interactive discussions on how care team huddles can raise quality of care and staff engagement. Speakers gave updates on technology enhancements and practice tools, legislative activities and the future political outlook, as well as an overview of upcoming developments in The Network. Breakout sessions also provided attendees with more intimate collaboration opportunities, focusing on such critical issues as managing care for patients on oral therapies, establishing care team centered patient navigation, 24/7 care, enhanced patient services, data sharing and goal setting, and more.

“The boot camp illustrates our strong commitment to support community-based practices as they embrace value-based care initiatives such as the Oncology Care Model and MIPS,” said Diana Verrilli, senior vice president, Payer and Practice Management Solutions, McKesson Specialty Health. “As industry leaders in value-based care, we are dedicated to providing The Network with a wide range of comprehensive, proven solutions that support the critical components necessary to build and maintain a strong viable practice in the new value-based environment.”

The US Oncology Network, supported by McKesson Specialty Health, is leading the way in value-based care, developing the innovative technologies, resources and proficiency required to empower independent oncology practices to thrive in the changing healthcare landscape. With more than 1,400 physicians delivering care in over 400 community-based treatment sites, The Network has substantial experience with alternative payment models and is continually striving to enhance its solutions that address these new care delivery and reimbursement programs. The boot camp is just one of many opportunities The US Oncology Network provides for its affiliated practices to collaborate and come together to share knowledge, resources and expertise, enabling all members of The Network to succeed together.

About The US Oncology Network

Every day, The US Oncology Network helps more than 1,400 independent physicians deliver value-based, integrated care for patients — close to home. Through The Network, these independent doctors come together to form a community of shared expertise and resources dedicated to advancing local cancer care and to delivering better patient outcomes. The Network provides doctors with access to coordinated resources, best business practices, and the experience, infrastructure and support of McKesson Specialty Health. This collaboration allows the doctors in The Network to focus on the health of their patients, while McKesson focuses on the health of their practices. Together, The Network and its affiliated physicians are committed to the success of independent practices, everywhere. For more information, visit

About McKesson Specialty Health

McKesson Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corporation, works together with stakeholders across the healthcare delivery system to preserve and strengthen specialty care, passionately driven by the benefits it provides patients and the system as a whole. Through innovative provider, practice management, manufacturer and payer solutions, McKesson Specialty Health focuses on improving the financial, operational and business health of our customers and partners so they may provide the best care to patients. At McKesson Specialty Health, we believe that we are all in this together. For more information, visit

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