Hundredth Practice in the U.S. Receives QOPI® Certification for Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care to Patients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2011
Contact: 

Aaron Tallent
571-483-1371
Aaron.Tallent@asco.org

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Less than two years since launching the first national program to help oncology practices deliver the highest quality of cancer care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and its affiliate, the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program (QCP), announced today that more than 100 practices have achieved QOPI® certification. The QOPI Certification Program certifies outpatient oncology offices meet the highest national standards in quality and safety for cancer care delivery.

“We are delighted that more than 100 oncology practices in the United States have already taken steps to ensure that the cancer care they provide is consistent with the highest national quality standards,” said Allen S. Lichter, MD, CEO of ASCO and President of the QOPI Certification Program. “QOPI certification demonstrates a practice’s commitment to excellence and ongoing quality measurement and improvement. Achieving the QOPI standard of excellence reflects a practice is providing the highest quality treatment and care for their patients.”

Launched by ASCO in 2006, QOPI enables practices to examine the quality of care they provide to patients based on evidence-based guidelines and established quality measures. Its rigorous set of more than 100 quality measures was developed by practicing oncologists and quality experts, and spans the continuum of cancer care. Practices that participate receive detailed reports that indicate their performance on these quality metrics and offer insights into specific areas for improvement.

The QOPI Certification Program was launched in January 2010. The first 16 practices were certified just six months later, and today’s milestone of 100 certified practices was achieved in just under two years.

The first step towards achieving QOPI certification is participation in QOPI data collection. Beyond that, practices/institutions must undergo an extensive review by a team of ASCO professionals and oncology physicians and nurses at least once every three years. The practices performance is evaluated by:

  • Participation in QOPI and achieving above the threshold score across the 24 rigorous measures required for certification.
  • Meeting 17 Certification Standards based on the ASCO/ONS Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards , which address:
  • Treatment planning
  • Excellence in staff training and education
  • Chemotherapy orders and drug preparation
  • Patient consent and education
  • Safe chemotherapy administration
  • Monitoring and assessment of patient well-being

Those practices that have received QOPI-certification to date represent a broad cross section of treatment centers across the country. The following oncology practices and cancer centers are QOPI certified:

Arizona
Palo Verde Hematology Oncology, Ltd. - Glendale, AZ

California
Cancer Care Associates - Fresno, CA
Diablo Valley Oncology and Hematology Medical Group - Pleasant Hill, CA
Marin Cancer Care - Greenbrae, CA
Palo Alto Medical Foundation - Mountain View, CA
Santa Monica Hematology-Oncology Consultants - Santa Monica, CA
St. Jude Heritage Medical Group/Virginia K. Crosson Cancer Center - Fullerton, CA
The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (Division of Hematology/Oncology) - Orange, CA

Colorado
Southwest Oncology, P.C. - Durango, CO

Connecticut
Norwalk Medical Group, P.C. - Norwalk, CT

Delaware
Regional Hematology and Oncology, P.A. - Newark, DE

Florida
Cancer Care of North Florida, PA - Lake City, FL
Cancer Specialists of North Florida - Jacksonville, FL
Space Coast Medical Associates, LLP - Titusville, FL
University of Miami - Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center - Miami, FL

Georgia
Medical Oncology Associates of Augusta, PC - Augusta, GA

Hawaii

OnCare Hawaii, Inc. - Honolulu, HI

Idaho
Mountain States Tumor Institute - Boise, ID

Illinois
Dreyer Cancer Center - Aurora, IL
Edward Hematology Oncology Group - Naperville/Plainfield, IL
Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd. - Joliet, IL
North Shore Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd. - Libertyville, IL
Sterling Rock Falls Clinic - Sterling, IL

Indiana
IU Simon Cancer Center Hematology Oncology - Indianapolis, IN
Michiana Hematology-Oncology, P.C. - South Bend, IN

Iowa
Medical Associates Clinic - Dubuque, IA
Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates - Des Moines, IA
Oncology Associates at Mercy Cedar Rapids - Cedar Rapids, IA
Physician's Clinic of Iowa - Hematology and Oncology - Cedar Rapids, IA

Kansas
Kansas City Cancer Center - Overland Park, KS
The University of Kansas Cancer Center - Westwood, KS

Kentucky
Louisville Oncology - Louisville, KY

Louisiana
Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates - Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana Oncology Associates, Lafayette - Lafayette, LA

Maine
Cancer Care of Maine - Lafayette Family Cancer Center - Brewer, ME
CMMG Hematology Oncology Associates - Lewiston, ME
Maine General Medical Center Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care - Augusta, ME

Maryland
Annapolis Oncology Center - Annapolis, MD
Carolyn B. Hendricks, MD, PA - Bethesda, MD
Oncology Hematology Associates - Weinberg Cancer Institute - Baltimore, MD

Massachusetts
Baystate Regional Cancer Program - Springfield, MA
Commonwealth Hematology Oncology - Quincy, MA
Hematology Oncology Specialists of Cape Cod - North Falmouth, MA
Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center - Danvers, MA
New England Hematology Oncology Associates - Newton, MA

Michigan
Northern Michigan Hematology/Oncology - Petoskey, MI
Southwest Michigan Oncology Associates - Battle Creek, MI
Sparrow Regional Cancer Center - Sparrow Medical Oncology - Lansing, MI
University of Michigan Cancer Center - Ann Arbor, MI
West Michigan Cancer Center - Kalamazoo, MI

Minnesota
Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center - St. Louis Park, MN

Nebraska
Nebraska Hematology Oncology PC - Lincoln, NE

Nevada
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada - Las Vegas, NV

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Hematology-Oncology - Hooksett, NH

New Jersey
Saint Barnabas Cancer Center - Livingston, NJ

New Mexico
Cancer Center at Presbyterian - Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Oncology Hematology Associates, Ltd. - Albuquerque, NM

New York
Buffalo Medical Group, PC - Williamsville, NY
Crystal Run Healthcare, LLP - Middletown, NY
Hematology Oncology Associates of Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY
Hematology Oncology Associates of Central NY - East Syracuse, NY
Pluta Cancer Center - Rochester, NY
WestMed Medical Group - White Plains, NY

North Carolina
Alamance Regional Cancer Center - Burlington, NC
Cancer Care of Western North Carolina, PA Asheville - Asheville, NC
Emerywood Hematology Oncology - High Point, NC
Matthews Hematology Oncology Associates - Matthews, NC
Oncology Specialists of Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
Piedmont Hematology and Oncology - Winston Salem, NC

North Dakota
Roger Maris Cancer Center - Fargo, ND

Ohio
Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center - Mentor, OH
Oncology Hematology Care, Inc. - Cincinnati, OH
Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers - Toledo, OH

Pennsylvania
Berks Hematology Oncology Associates - West Reading, PA
Consultants in Medical Oncology and Hematology, PC - Drexel Hill, PA
Hematology & Oncology Associates of Northeastern PA, PC - Dunmore, PA
Hematology Oncology Associates - Allentown, PA
Vita Medical Associates - Bethlehem, PA

Rhode Island
Adele R. Decof Comprehensive Cancer Center - Providence, RI
Roger Williams Medical Center - Providence, RI
The Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island - Pawtucket, RI

South Carolina
Coastal Cancer Center - Myrtle Beach, SC
Palmetto Hematology Oncology - Spartanburg, SC

South Dakota
Sanford Hematology & Oncology - Sioux Falls, SD

Tennessee
Tennessee Oncology - Nashville, TN
The Jones Clinic - Germantown, TN
The West Clinic - Memphis, TN

Texas
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders - Fort Worth, TX
Oncology Consultants - Houston, TX

Virginia
Blue Ridge Cancer Care - Roanoke, VA
Hahn Cancer Center - Hematology Oncology Associates - Harrisonburg, VA
Lynchburg Hematology Oncology - Lynchburg, VA
Virginia Cancer Specialists - Fairfax, VA
Virginia Cancer Institute - Richmond, VA

Washington
Cancer Institutes of Washington, PLLC Washington Hematology-Oncology - Yakima, WA
Columbia Basin Hematology Oncology - Kennewick, WA
Puget Sound Cancer Centers - Edmonds, WA

Washington, D.C.

Washington Cancer Institute - Washington, D.C.

Puerto Rico
Auxilio Breast Cancer Center - San Juan, PR

For more information about the program, please visit: http://qopi.asco.org/certification.

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About ASCO
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