Attendees gained valuable insight into preparing their practices for value-based care
“Every day takes us one step closer to value-based care, as the government brings forth new and more complex care and reimbursement models,” said
This year, physicians and key practice staff gathered for The Summit to participate in expert-led educational sessions on clinical topics and practice management strategies focused on preparing practices for value-based care. Discussions also centered on critical industry, legislative and reimbursement changes. Attendees also had opportunities to network with peers and company leaders.
Every year, thought leaders offer their unique perspective on the evolving healthcare landscape for attendees. This year’s three keynote speakers were:
- Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, widow of the late Dr.
Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoirs When Breath Becomes Air, and an internist and popular speaker on healthcare value, discussed her husband’s journey and the way it has affected her perspective on how to enhance end-of-life care with a patient-centered approach. “We can’t save every life,” said Dr. Kalanithi. “But we can ask questions, listen for the patient’s values, and fight to respect them. That is a real, tangible, achievable victory.”
Mark McClellan, physician and economist, spoke and answered several audience questions on the many facets of payment reform that community practices must navigate and understand in today’s landscape. As the former administrator of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS), Dr. McClellanshared his unique perspective on CMS and its effort to reduce the cost of cancer care. He is also the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Jay Want, Innovation Advisor for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, opened the event with a thought-provoking presentation on the difficulties of practice transformation and change management. Dr. Wantis an internist who has served in a number of key roles in innovating the delivery of healthcare for better outcomes and value.
“I came to The Summit to talk about the critical role that community oncologists are playing in a transformative time both for healthcare reform and healthcare itself,” noted
Other presenters at the event included key members of the
“The transition to alternative payment models requires significant practice transformation,” noted
The day before the main meeting, McKesson hosted its 2nd Annual Oral Oncolytics Summit. Today roughly half of oncology practices have in-office dispensing (IOD) capabilities, providing important benefits to both patients and providers. However, the IOD market has become extremely competitive, making it difficult for oncology practices to provide this service. The Oncolytics Summit helped participants develop success strategies for both experienced IOD practices as well as those who are just getting started. Topics included optimizing IODs, legislative updates, payer perspectives on oral oncolytics, trends and best practices.