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Medicare HIT Incentive Update for the Oncology Practice - Free Educational Webinar

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the hot topics among healthcare providers continues to be how to achieve Meaningful Use requirements in the coming years. Community oncologists, practice administrators and clinical staff interested in learning more about Meaningful Use requirements and how these could affect community oncology practices are invited to attend a free webinar at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT) on Thursday, July 28, 2011. To register, visit Registration is free, but space is limited.

"In addition to improving quality of care, physicians hope to earn up to $44,000 in incentives over the next five years as part of the approximately $20 billion allocated toward Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, aka the stimulus package)," said Cindy Chavez, senior director of operations, Lynx and iKnowMed, products of McKesson Specialty Care Solutions | US Oncology. "As community-based oncologists, it is vitally important to understand how Meaningful Use can affect the community oncology practice and its staff. This interactive webinar will cover this crucial topic."

The informative web event will dive deep into Meaningful Use and the federal stimulus incentives and feature the following four expert presenters:

  • Cindy Chavez, senior director of operations, Lynx and iKnowMed
  • Peter Harrison, M.D., manager, Physician Products, iKnowMed
  • Andrew Johnston, product manager, iKnowMed
  • Geoff Werth, director, Federal Government Relations, McKesson Specialty Care Solutions | US Oncology

The presenters will draw from their experience with iKnowMed, an oncology-specific EHR that has achieved Complete Certification for Meaningful Use, and they will discuss what impact the Meaningful Use standards could have on community-based oncology practices. Other topics of discussion include an overview of Meaningful Use and recent proposed changes as well as important things for oncologists to consider before getting started on achieving Meaningful Use requirements. After the presentation, the speakers will hold an open discussion to address questions.

McKesson Specialty Care Solutions | US Oncology continues to invest in key areas including technology and quality programs to ensure that community-based oncologists and healthcare professionals are educated about pertinent topics. This event is being offered as a complimentary service and was designed to benefit physicians, practice administrators, and clinical staff.

About McKesson Specialty Care Solutions | US Oncology

McKesson Specialty Care Solutions | US Oncology, a division of McKesson Corporation, empowers the community patient care delivery system to advance the science, technology and quality of care. Through innovative clinical, research, business and operational solutions, facilitated by integrated technology systems, we improve the financial health of our customers and help them provide quality care for patients. For more information, visit and

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit

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