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Medical Oncology Associates Receives National Recognition for Cancer Care from Prestigious Oncology Organization
Augusta, June 22, 2010 – Medical Oncology Associates has become one of the first oncology practices in the nation to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program is a new initiative to certify oncology practices that meet rigorous standards for high-quality cancer care.
“We are extremely proud to be among the first of only 16 hematology-oncology practices in the United States to receive this certification from ASCO and QOPI. This achievement underscores our commitment to excellence for our patients,” said S. Michael Shlaer, M.D, a medical oncologist who practices at University Hospital. “Through our relationship-centered care model we strive to bring the best of evidence-based medicine and experience to cancer management. The result is a comprehensive treatment plan built for each patient that redefines traditional cancer care. We believe that our Quality Oncology Practice Initiative certification is a significant validation of these efforts.”
“Increasingly educated patients and families demand accountability and the highest standards from cancer care providers,” said Douglas W. Blayney, M.D., immediate past president of ASCO. “The QOPI certification will allow oncologists in the community to be at the forefront of cancer care, and to be recognized for their quality. The Certification Program will help practices determine whether they are providing the best treatment and care possible to their patients, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement in the hematology-oncology outpatient practice.”
QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients. Through the QOPI program, practices abstract data from patients’ records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. Medical Oncology Associates is one of 16 receiving the inaugural certification in 2010. More than 580 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program.
QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 80 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices. Individual practices are also able to compare their performance to data from other practices across the country. Based on this feedback, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement.
The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet standards for quality cancer care.
About Medical Oncology Associates: Focusing on relationship-centered care, MOA provides patients and their family a comfortable, welcoming and supportive treatment environment. MOA was the first private practice oncology group in the CSRA and has focused on the highest quality patient care for over 30 years. For more information on MOA and the physician team visit www.moaaugusta.com.
About ASCO: The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 28,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.Cancer.net.