McKesson gears up for 25th McKesson Health Solutions Conference


NEWTON, Mass. — McKesson will bring together payers and providers to discuss the changing healthcare landscape, its challenges and opportunities, and innovative approaches to improving healthcare access and quality while reducing costs at the annual McKesson Health Solutions Conference, now in its 25th year.

The McKesson Health Solutions Conference features almost 100 sessions and events intended to promote learning, best practices and networking. New to the conference this year is the Healthcare Transformation Series, where industry and McKesson speakers will discuss such topics as accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, health-and-wellness innovations, bundled payment for episodes of care, payer-provider partnership and value-based reimbursement.

For the opening keynote of the conference, McKesson Health Solutions president Emad Rizk will be joined by McKesson Health Solutions SVPs Carolyn Wukitch and Judy Smythe, who will examine key industry trends and discuss McKesson's approach to helping organizations prepare for a future where better health at lower cost is not only possible, but also sustainable. Phyllis Torda, VP strategy and the quality solutions group at National Committee for Quality Assurance, will deliver a keynote address that provides an "inside the Beltway" look at healthcare reform. In addition, David Nace, VP and medical director for McKesson, will facilitate a keynote panel discussion with executives from leading health plans, who will examine the impacts to date of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and share advice on how best to navigate the future.

"The Affordable Care Act may have focused our efforts, but across the industry we are engaged in the hard work of transformation for the simple reason that it is the right thing to do," Rizk said. "Increasing accountability, decreasing waste and paying for better outcomes are imperatives for both the present and the future."

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