McKesson Onmark Oncology Practice Summit 2018

Browse the best of the 2018 Onmark Oncology Practice Summit below including photos, key highlights, presentations and tools to help your practice prepare for the future.

  • Event Highlights

    Nearly 200 provider customers from 92 practices across 34 states joined together in San Diego for the 2018 Onmark Oncology Summit. Attendees represented the clinical, practice administration and pharmacy side of community-based cancer care. 

    With the theme “Future Forward,” the event offered sessions on the benefits and risks of precision medicine, artificial intelligence uses in medical oncology, combating burnout in work and everyday life, creating practice marketing strategies in the digital age, using practice and patient advocacy to impact the future of oncology, and much more.

Key Sessions

Check out the highlights below or visit the Customer Center "News and Announcements" section to download the full presentations.

Navigating public policy & reimbursement

This panel discussion offered real-life insights and best-practices for advocating for your practice and patients. “We have the opportunity to open up a dialogue with legislators and the Administration to underscore our commitment to value-based care and driving down costs, so long as we do it in a thoughtful and meaningful way,” said Ben Jones, vice president of Government Relations and Public Policy.

Panelists included members of McKesson’s public policy team, Rose Gerber, the director of the COA Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN), and Tom Gallo, executive director of Virginia Cancer Institute and president of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC).

Discover more policy resources

Combating burnout through Fundamism

Keynote speaker Paul Long shared new ways to find fulfillment in the workplace and at home, while introducing a charitable cause that changed his life, Noah’s Bandage Project. “Because we live life, we work nonstop, we have challenges at home, we forget about the things that give us strength,” said Paul. “What gives you strength?”

Paul’s philosophy is proven to bring a higher level of consciousness, enlightenment and F.U.N. to your day. While F.U.N. can be defined differently for all individuals, Paul’s core beliefs are based entirely on Foundation, Understanding, and Next Steps.

Weighing the benefits of precision medicine

Dr. Robert Rifkin, medical oncologist for Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers and medical director of Biosimilars, McKesson, spoke about the costs, risks and benefits of precision medicine. “Precision medicine isn’t just one thing, it’s precision therapeutics, diagnostics, care and support. We should be able to integrate all of these things to give the best care,” said Dr. Rifkin.

Dr. Rifkin was joined onstage by Dr. Luis T. Campos and Dr. Julio Peguero from Oncology Consultants in Houston, Texas. The physicians highlighted their experiences with precision diagnostics and analyzed patient case studies.

Innovating with the Onmark GPO

The Onmark GPO team shared innovative approaches to contract negotiations, their strategy for navigating drug pricing challenges, and the benefits of the customer Contract Steering Committee. Since last October, the Onmark GPO has delivered $310M savings to members.

“This is about building a foundation of roads and highways for manufacturers to get their products down,” said Chris Wixson, vice president of GPO Services. “When we move as a group, we’re outrageously powerful.

Learn about the Onmark GPO

Breaking through with breakout sessions

This year the event offered four different breakout session tracks, including our first-ever patient care track geared towards nursing. Patient care topics included navigating patient financial hardship, patient engagement, oncology clinical trials, physician referrals and more.

Other highlights

In their free time, attendees were invited to take part in product demonstrations and stop by the “Ask the Experts” desk to pose their biggest questions about inventory management, reimbursement and regulatory pressures, MIPS/MACRA, in-office dispensing and more.

We have a clear vision and we're making investments in oncology - let us focus on the business so you can focus on patient care.

—Pete Perron, senior vice president and general manager, Provider Services, McKesson

Giving Back to Our Community

As cancer care providers, you already give back to the community ways no one else can. That is why we’re truly humbled year after year, by the participation and engagement in community events at the Onmark Oncology Summit. This year, attendees donated 10,200 colorful children’s Band-Aids to Noah’s Bandage Project, an organization that provides fun bandages to kids who need them and raises funds for pediatric cancer research.

In 2017, customers wrote notes of encouragement to include in McKesson Foundation’s Giving Comfort Kits. We’re thrilled to share that many Onmark Oncology Summit attendees and their patients benefitted from the care packages over the past year. To learn more about Giving Comfort or to receive the kits for your practice for both children and adults, email the

What Practices Had to Say…

“This was a great opportunity to meet with other practices and share best practice ideas for our businesses.”

“The interview-style Q&A with the practices that have converted for 797/800 was interesting.”

“I enjoyed learning more about Onmark's strategy for contracting to maximize better pricing for providers.”

“This year I attended the practice management track and learned a great deal more than expected. It showed me how much more I need to know.”

“It is always helpful to learn how other practices are accomplishing various tasks and how they are planning to prepare for changes.”

“Everything from registration to travel to hotel and meeting space was superb. I loved the location.”

The Results are in…

We greatly appreciate your responses to the Onmark Summit post-event survey. This valuable and timely feedback will be will be used to create the agenda for next year! Here’s what we heard about this year’s meeting:

  • 94% are likely to attend the event again
  • 85% likely to recommend the event to a coworker
  • 81% found the content valuable or extremely valuable
  • 75% are likely to change practice processes based on Summit learnings
  • 68% feel prepared to manage the future success of your oncology practice
  • Improve your practice profits, productivity and patient care.

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