Federal legislation on health care reform and coverage expansion is expected to have a major impact on healthcare and, especially, cancer care in the United States. The potential impact could be severe as some of the reforms will fundamentally change the way how the federal government pays for cancer care. Although the magnitude of proposed changes are not yet clear, community oncology professionals need to know how this legislation impacts them, their community practice and their patients.To help in this information process, US Oncology, Inc., supporting the nation’s foremost cancer treatment and research network, will host a complimentary educational webinar for community-based oncology practices to discover how this new legislation will impact cancer care in 2010. Hosted by Matt Brow, vice president of Government Relations and Public Policy for US Oncology, the webinar will be held at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. To register, visit www.opspharmacist.com/opes. Registration is free, but space is limited.Key components of the House and Senate Bills will have profound implications on community care. Brow will explain in detail the latest federal updates regarding the congressional efforts to enact health care reform, coverage expansion legislation and what this means for community oncology practices.”With the many changes in legislation that will directly impact cancer care physicians and patients across the country, it is imperative that practices understand these new developments and their implications to oncology,” says Brow. “This interactive webinar will address questions about the new changes in government and help physicians better prepare their practices for 2010 and beyond.”This US Oncology webinars is designed to provide community-based oncology practices with information and education to help them successfully negotiate today’s cancer care environment. The company is well aligned with more than 1,300 oncologists from across the nation, is active in all relevant health care initiatives, and is pursuing legislation that supports the delivery of quality cancer care in the community. US Oncology is dedicated to providing the industry with timely and important information about current legislation changes that will impact its network and community-based oncology overall.Other information initiatives are organized by:- Community Oncology Alliance (COA) during the 5th Community Oncology Conference in Scottsdale, AZ (Feb 5 and 5, 2010);- The 6th Annual Oncology Economics Summit (Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA). This 2010 Summit will offer timely insight from national thought leaders and policy makers concerning possible directions that Medicare and healthcare policy might take in the near future and the impact on access to cancer care.

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