Nation’s Top Practitioners Address Future of Community Oncology at ION Solutions’ LPP National Meeting

April 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, ION Solutions, a part of AmerisourceBergen and the largest physician service organization and group purchasing organization (GPO) specializing in the support of community oncology, commenced its Large Practice Program (LPP) National Meeting in Washington, DC. The meeting brings together 500 of the nation’s leading community oncology professionals, including physicians, administrators, pharmacists, and industry leaders, to evaluate the challenges facing the community segment and create the best paths forward.

“The LPP National Meeting gives us a platform for examining how far community oncology has come since ION Solutions first partnered with AmerisourceBergen 20 years ago, as well as discuss the future of community oncology and the essential role GPOs and distributors play,” said Brian Ansay, President, ION Solutions. “The data-driven and personalized business solutions offered by ION Solutions are reflective of the needs of community oncologists and demands of today’s patients. Our ‘smart GPO’ model guides community oncologists in developing appropriate contract structures that allow them to maintain access and business profitability while elevating the quality of care patients receive.”

During the two-day meeting, community oncologists have the opportunity to attend sessions on several topics, such as building a clinically integrated network, adding value through physician dispensing and retail pharmacy, and payer contract negotiations. Ansay and Barry Fortner, PhD, President, Specialty Physician Services, AmerisourceBergen, will lead ION Solutions’ annual update, which will focus on the evolution to the ‘smart’ GPO. The meeting also offers clinical-focused sessions that provide information on manufacturers and emerging cancer treatments, including biosimilars.

The LPP National Meeting is part of ION Solutions’ ongoing educational conference series. The sessions are designed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and networking, as well as strengthen the community of independent physicians dedicated to oncology. Each year, ION hosts nine conferences featuring expert speakers, a review of key clinical findings on specific areas in oncology and thought-provoking discussions related to the latest clinical treatment options and best practices in business operations.

About ION Solutions and AmerisourceBergen
ION Solutions, a part of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, is the largest physician service organization and GPO specializing in the support of community oncology. ION provides GPO procurement services, technologies, advocacy resources and expertise to more than half of the community-based oncology practices in the nation to help improve their clinical and operational management. For more information, go to www.iononline.com.

AmerisourceBergen provides pharmaceutical products, value-driving services and business solutions that improve access to care. Tens of thousands of healthcare providers, veterinary practices and livestock producers trust us as their partner in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Global manufacturers depend on us for services that drive commercial success for their products. Through our daily work — and powered by our 21,000 associates — we are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #11 on the Fortune 500, with more than $150 billion in annual revenue. The company is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa. and has a presence in 50+ countries. Learn more at amerisourcebergen.com.