Payers, Providers Come Together at 28th Annual McKesson Health Solutions Conference

Press Release from McKesson

Exclusive event focuses on idea sharing and HIT innovations that address the challenges of simplifying and transforming reimbursement

NEWTON, Mass., October 19, 2015 —Today marks the opening of the 28 th  annual McKesson Health Solutions Conference (MHSC), an exclusive annual assembly of over 300 healthcare professionals from leading payers and providers, and one of the industry’s longest-running healthcare conferences. MHSC 2015 will convene at the   Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for four days of networking, learning, and focusing on a better future for healthcare.

The event brings payers and providers together amid an industry backdrop that includes a shift to value-based care, unprecedented consolidation, continued regulatory demands, and the ongoing redefinition of the consumer’s role in healthcare. McKesson executives and customers from top hospitals and health plans will tackle these issues and more by sharing ideas, experiences, and best practices for simplifying and transforming reimbursement with the new healthcare consumer in mind.

“Our industry is undergoing unprecedented change driven by an accelerated shift to value-based reimbursement and a focus on increased consumer responsibility,” said Rod O’Reilly, president of McKesson Health Solutions. “MHSC is a unique opportunity to bring our customers together with McKesson’s clinical, legislative, and technology experts, to learn from each other about ways to be successful in this new environment.”

The conference keynote will feature Pete Slone, SVP of corporate public affairs at McKesson, and Michelle Freed, VP of corporate strategy and business development in McKesson Technology Solutions, who will address pressing health policy issues facing our market. Perspectives on current policy trends, value-based care, alternative payment models, and implications for outcome measurement and interoperability will be highlighted. Insights on how these topics will affect payers and providers, and suggested strategies they can use to mitigate risk and adapt will also be explored.

The customer keynote panel, “Consumer Engagement—Today’s Healthcare Imperative,” will reveal how leading health plans are responding to market changes with strategies that strengthen their connections with consumers. Panelists include Jackie Aube, VP of customer adoption and personalization strategy at Cigna; Dr. John Espinola, EVP of healthcare services at Premera Blue Cross; and Dr. James Cross, VP of national medical policy and operations at Aetna. They will share how their organizations are engaging the new healthcare consumer differently and successfully.

This year’s MHSC features over 100 sessions and events to help organizations confidently navigate the changing healthcare environment, covering topics such as decision management, strategic intelligence, value-based reimbursement, and other topics. Highlights include:

  • Case Study: The Value of ClaimsXten Analytics
    A director of provider support for a large regional health plan will share how her organization used ClaimsXten™ Analytics to improve the value of its claims edits and identify opportunities for additional savings.

  • The Impact of Value-Based Purchasing on Traditional Utilization Management Programs
    McKesson’s Tammie Phillips, RN, will discuss how recent trends, such as new CMS regulations and the shift to value-based care, affect care management operations today. She will also discuss steps organizations can take to enhance their current care management programs.

  • Panel: Aligning Physicians with Case Managers
    Executives from Greenville Health System, United Regional Health Care System, and other organizations will share their experiences and perspectives on improving alignment between physicians and case managers.

  • Value-Based Care: A Physician’s Perspective on the Path Forward
    Dr. Michael R. Udwin, executive director of physician engagement for McKesson Connected Care & Analytics, will discuss the unique challenges physicians face as they transition from a volume- to value-based care reimbursement model. They will share insights on how to engage physicians to improve care while managing costs for payers and patients.

  • Molecular Diagnostic Testing: Building an Action Plan that Works
    McKesson experts will discuss how unique MDx test identifiers help support evidence-based clinical care guidelines and claims management strategies for defining coverage and reimbursement policies.

For more information on McKesson Health Solutions, please visit our   website, hear from our experts at MHSdialogue, and follow us on Twitter at @McKesson_MHS

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 11th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. McKesson partners 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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