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January 29, 2013

This is the VAR Email Blast for Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

We will email blast VARs every Tuesday and Thursday. You may find multiple announcements in each blast. After each email is distributed, the contents will be posted to PPS VAR Central.

For any questions on the weekly email blasts, please contact Tony Peterson at Anthony.Peterson@McKesson.com

SAP System News

We want to update you on the progress we are making with the launch and new integration of our SAP System.

In November and December, we made the transition to processing orders in SAP. As with any new process or transition, the initial experience introduced some challenges we are working to overcome.

We acknowledge that our responsiveness in the recent past has not been what we strive for; as a result we have redesigned how we capture orders internally, triage them and ultimately complete processing. We believe with the new system in place we should be able to process MSL orders within 3 days of receipt of the order in email and Practice Partner orders within 5 days of receiving the signed quote. We’re working closely with our Account Management and Finance teams to ensure we streamline every step of the process and ensure you and your customers receive the appropriate level of service.

Please reach out to your VAR Account Manager as necessary if you are experiencing any delay in order processing. We're working closely with the team to prioritize any outstanding order issues and expedite them for completion during this week.

Medisoft and Lytec Mobile Installations

Earlier this month we announced the upcoming release of Medisoft Mobile and Lytec Mobile.

We are now ready to allow any interested VAR to install and demo the software. If you would like to have a beta copy of Medisoft V18 SP2 and Medisoft Mobile, or Lytec 2013 SP1 and Lytec Mobile, please contact Tony Peterson at Anthony.Peterson@McKesson.com to schedule an installation time.

McKesson Practice Choice™ version 2.00 Released

The McKesson Practice Choice™ application was upgraded to version 2.00 the weekend of January 26-27.

This release introduced several exciting enhancements. These items include:

  • New patient history workflow
  • Enhanced payment management -- reverse payment line items
  • Improved diagnoses and procedures assignment
  • New copy functionality for quick texts and picklists
  • Dynamic message resizing

For more details, review the release notes—available in Online Help upon release.

Visibility into McKesson Practice Choice™ Sales

Many of you have requested visibility into McKesson Practice Choice sales successes. To meet this request, following are the latest Direct Sales Scorecard and VAR Sales Scorecard.

We hope the release of scorecards promotes a healthy competition between our VARs and the McKesson Sales Team.

Direct Team Sales Scorecard

VAR Sales Scorecard

Important Deadline Reminder: Become McKesson Practice Choice® Certified by Friday, February 1

This week (Monday, January 28 through Friday,February 1) is the final week to become Practice Choice certified before the deadline, this Friday, February 1, 2013.

If you have not completed your Sales and Technical Certifications for Practice Choice, please continue reading.

Point of Contact

Please connect with Chris Wetzel at Christopher.Wetzel@McKesson.com to schedule your certification this week (January 28-February 1) or if you have questions about the process.

Chris is committed to be available at any time to ensure everyone who wants to meet the deadline will meet the deadline. Additionally, several other McKesson Practice Choice resources will be available if necessary.

Training Courses

Also, three additional Sales Certification training classes are scheduled Tuesday through Thursday (January 29-January 31) this week to ensure that you have all necessary information to certify, including a full sample certification demonstration.

Please register and attend one of these sessions for additional training and information (see Registration information below).



  • At least one member of your organization must complete a 20 minute demonstration of Practice Choice back to McKesson.


  • At least one member of your organization must complete the technical certification exam at the PPS Center for Learning.

To Certify for Sales the Week of January 28-February 1, 2013

1. Schedule your timeslot with Chris Wetzel ASAP.

Chris will schedule you with a different McKesson certification resource if he cannot meet your requested time(s) personally.

2. Register and attend a Sales Certification training class if necessary.

  • Classes are one-hour in length and will review the sales certification demonstration step-by-step, as well as point you towards self-paced material you can use to continue to train on your own.


  • Tuesday, January 29: 4:00PM (EST)

  • Wednesday, January 30: 12:00PM (EST)

  • Thursday, January 31: 10:00AM (EST)

     Registration page

To Certify for Technical the Week of January 28-February 1, 2013

1. Access the PPS Center for Learning and complete the program.

  • Complete Information for accessing the training and the certification exam for McKesson Practice Choice is available on PPS VAR Central.

Upcoming Training from the PPS Academy

Registration Open for Practice Partner Training: I Can Troubleshoot ePrescribing Myself!!
Friday, February 1, 2013, at 2:00 PM (EST)

Register now for I Can Troubleshoot ePrescribing Myself!! The course will be conducted this Friday, February 1, 2013, from 2:00-3:00 PM (EST). You will learn tips and tricks to troubleshoot ePrescribing.

Instructor: Calvin Chaney
Tier 3, Practice Partner Support

Registration and Course Information

The class will be recorded, and a link to the recording will be available the Monday after the course ends.

Practice Partner Training: Order Processing -- Workflows that Work!!
Friday, February 8, 2013, at 2:00 PM (EST)

Please mark your calendar to join us on Friday, February 8, 2013, from 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) to learn about order processing and using workflows that work.

Instructor: Kristen Dutter
Practice Partner SuperUser

We will send a message with registration and course information in the near future.

Note: Registration opens two (2) days before the course start date.

The class will be recorded, and a link to the recording will be available the Monday after the course ends.

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