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Virginia Cancer Specialists Receives Clinical Trials Research Award

July 12, 2016

Practice recognized for providing high-quality clinical trials in a community setting

Fairfax, Va. (July 12, 2016) Virginia Cancer Specialists (VCS), Northern Virginia’s premier cancer care center with more than 40 years of service to patients battling cancer and blood diseases, announced it is one of only three community oncology practices in the country recognized this year by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for its commitment to providing high-quality clinical trials to patients. As a recipient of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Clinical Trials Participation Award, the VCS Research Institute is being honored for its contribution to the improvement of cancer care through clinical research in a community-based setting.

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The US Oncology Network Announces Affiliated Practices Chosen To Participate In Oncology Care Model (OCM)

June 30, 2016

The Network will support practices with an innovative program to automate and simplify the OCM

The Woodlands, Texas (June 30, 2016)The US Oncology Network, supported by McKesson Specialty Health, announced today that 12 of its affiliated oncology practices have accepted the invitation to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Oncology Care Model (OCM). The OCM is a new, voluntary payment initiative introduced by CMS’ Innovation Center designed to support the transition to value-based care by advancing better care, smarter spending and healthier people. To help oncology practices successfully participate in the OCM and other value-based payment models, The US Oncology Network has developed a comprehensive program with innovative tools and resources.

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The US Oncology Network Holds Intensive Boot Camp to Prepare Oncology Practices for July Launch of Oncology Care Model (OCM)

June 8, 2016

Training program provides OCM tools, technology and experience, preparing practice teams for July 1st go-live

The Woodlands, Texas (June 8, 2016) — Key personnel from practices within The US Oncology Network that were selected to participate in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) Oncology Care Model (OCM) gathered last month in The Woodlands, Texas, for a special OCM boot camp. The intensive two-day training program, attended by physicians, administrators and clinical staff, was designed to deliver expertise and share ideas for success from The US Oncology Network leadership and practice teams as they implement changes for the OCM July 1st go-live. The training seminar was a collaborative effort of The US Oncology Network and McKesson Specialty Health.

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Virginia Cancer Specialists Receives 2016 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Small Business Category

June 2, 2016

VCS Arlington office receives recognition for providing pro bono care to cancer patients in need

Fairfax, Va. (June 2, 2016) Virginia Cancer Specialists (VCS), Northern Virginia’s premier cancer care center with 40 years of service to patients battling cancer and blood diseases, today announced its Arlington office was awarded the prestigious 2016 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for the small business category. The practice received the honor in recognition of the pro bono care it provided to 160 low income or uninsured cancer patients who most likely would not have received the treatment they needed without the help of VCS. The award was presented during a special ceremony hosted by Governor Terry McAuliffe on April 18 at the Virginia Executive Mansion.

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ASCO Annual Meeting: The US Oncology Network and US Oncology Research affiliated investigators to showcase clinical study results from 30 abstracts

June 1, 2016

Areas of research include HER2-negative and early stage breast cancer, advanced melanoma, metastatic renal cell carcinoma, advanced solid tumors, disease management and more

The Woodlands, Texas (June 1, 2016) – At the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, leading investigators affiliated with The US Oncology Network and US Oncology Research will showcase detailed findings from 30 studies. These presentations cover novel approaches to numerous types of cancer including breast cancer, melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, solid tumors and more. The 52nd ASCO Annual Meeting will be held June 3-7 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Texas Center for Proton Therapy Treats First Patient with Isocentric Cone Beam CT and Pencil Beam Scanning

May 9, 2016

Dallas-area facility represents the leading edge of precision proton therapy treatment

IRVING, Texas (May 9, 2016) — Texas Center for Proton Therapy and IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.), the world’s leading provider of proton therapy solutions for the treatment of cancer, announce the first patient treated in North America with the center’s high-precision tandem of isocentric cone-beam CT (CBCT) guidance and pencil-beam scanning in a 360° Proteus®PLUS gantry.

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The US Oncology Network Annual Conference Empowers Oncologists to Prepare for Value-Based Care

April 13, 2016

Conference enhances leadership skills while showcasing innovative programs and technologies to enable alternative care models

The Woodlands, Texas (April 13, 2016) — Hundreds of community-based oncologists and cancer professionals from across the country who are part of The US Oncology Network gathered March 30- April 1 for the organization’s annual spring conference. The three-day event, held in San Diego, focused on change management and innovative programs, technologies, resources, and strategies developed by The Network to help oncology practices prepare for the transition to value and team-based care models.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Illinois Cancer Specialists Announce First Oncology Intensive Medical Home Pilot in the State

March 30, 2016

Chicago (March 30, 2016) - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and Illinois Cancer Specialists (ICS), a practice in The US Oncology Network, announce the first oncology intensive medical home (IMH) pilot program in Illinois. The overall goal of the oncology IMH is to provide coordinated, cost-effective care, in part, through the use of evidence-based medical treatment guidelines.

“We worked with ICS physicians to develop the Oncology IMH model as a patient-focused system of delivering benefits for quality cancer care that is coordinated and efficient,” said Walter Hollinger, M.D., medical director of strategic operations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. “As such, the pilot program is designed to help meet the needs of patients, payers, and providers.”

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Missouri Cancer Associates Adds New APRN to Enhance Patient Care and Expand Survivorship Programs

March 29, 2016

Gloria Drouin, APRN, brings expertise in supportive care to the practice

Columbia, Missouri (March 29, 2016) – Missouri Cancer Associates (MCA), the premier cancer treatment center in mid-Missouri and an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, has added Gloria Drouin, APRN, to the practice as its newest provider. Drouin has extensive experience in nursing in many different environments, including oncology, and has been a nurse practitioner for the past 18 years. In her new position, she will work in collaboration with the MCA team of physicians, nurses and other highly-skilled support staff to provide high-quality integrated cancer care to patients, especially in the area of supportive care.

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Florida Cancer Affiliates First in the State Certified to Offer New Spacing Device to Benefit Prostate Cancer Patients

March 22, 2016

FCA Patients Among First in Florida Treated with SpaceOAR Rectum-Protecting Spacer

Trinity, Florida (March 22, 2016) - Florida Cancer Affiliates (FCA) is helping to pioneer a new tool aimed to protect prostate cancer patients from the negative effects of radiation therapy. Recently a patient, one of the first in Florida, was injected at FCA with SpaceOAR® hydrogel, the first FDA cleared spacing device to protect the rectum in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer. The SpaceOAR System is intended to temporarily position the anterior rectal wall away from the prostate during radiotherapy for prostate cancer, creating space to protect the rectum from radiation exposure. Dr. Lawrence Hochman and Dr. Sanjay Emandi of Florida Cancer Affiliates are the first radiation oncologists in the state certified to safely administer the SpaceOar hydrogel.

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Arizona Oncology Ranked Number One in Community-Based Cancer Care and Among the Top Two Statewide Cancer Care Centers

March 15, 2016

PHOENIX (March 15, 2016) — Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business has released its 2016 “Cancer Treatment Centers” rankings. Arizona Oncology received the distinction of second highest in the state and ranked number one in community-based cancer care in Arizona.

Results are based on voters’ opinion, not annual revenue or number of employees. The Best of Arizona Business is the largest opinion poll in Arizona. Voters give the annual publication recommendations based on quality of service and recommendations for doing business.

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Missouri Cancer Associates and Urology Associates of Central Missouri to participate in Boone Hospital Center’s Cancer Fair

March 14, 2016

Experts will discuss cancer prevention and offer free prostate cancer screenings at the April 30th event

Columbia, Missouri (March 14, 2016) ― Providers from Missouri Cancer Associates (MCA) and Urology Associates of Central Missouri (UACM), practices in The US Oncology Network, will be among the featured speakers providing information about cancer prevention and offering free cancer screenings at Boone Hospital Center’s upcoming Cancer Fair. The Cancer Fair, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm in the main lobby of Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

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Urology Associates of Central Missouri Adds Another Urologist to Meet Growing Demand for Advanced Urologic Services

March 2, 2016

Dr. Michael P. Hoeh brings additional expertise in minimally invasive surgery to the practice

Columbia, Missouri (March 2, 2016) – Urology Associates of Central Missouri (UACM), a leading provider of comprehensive state-of-the-art urological care, has added another physician to the practice to meet increasing demand for its services. Michael P. Hoeh, M.D., joins the practice’s seven other highly-credentialed and experienced urologists. Dr. Hoeh, who is trained in the very latest diagnostic and treatment options for urologic conditions, will provide general urology services. The addition of Dr. Hoeh will enhance timely access to care for patients throughout Central Missouri.

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iKnowMedSM recognized for fifth consecutive year as top-performing electronic health record (EHR) for oncology and hematology practices

February 24, 2016

Strong ratings in key performance areas earn McKesson Specialty Health EHR top spot in Black Book Rankings

The Woodlands, Texas (Feb. 24, 2016) iKnowMedSM electronic health record (EHR) has been named the top-ranked EHR platform for oncologists and hematologists for the fifth year in a row by the prestigious Black Book Rankings, a division of Black Book Market Research, an unbiased industry-leading source for polling, surveys and market research. iKnowMed was recognized for its superior focus on meeting the unique needs of community-based oncology practices. Implemented in more than 620 sites of care nationwide and used by more than 1,600 providers, iKnowMed EHR and iKnowMed Generation 2 received top rankings in 12 key performance areas, including support and customer care, best of breed technology and process improvement, and strategic alignment with client goals to name a few.

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