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MOA Receives Cancer Recognition August 8, 2013

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Aug. 8, 2013

Medical Oncology Associates Receives Recognition for Cancer Care from Largest Oncology Society in United States

(Augusta, Ga.) – Medical Oncology Associates, an affiliate of University Medical Group, has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.

“This certification highlights this practice’s dedication and commitment to quality care for all of our patients,” said Clay Towns, practice administrator at Medical Oncology Associates, which includes S. Michael Shlaer, M.D.; Donald C. Townsend Jr., M.D.; Mitchell Z. Berger, M.D.; and Derek A. Lafont, PA-C.

“QOPI is designed by clinical experts in oncology to give practices the ability to continuously improve the quality of care they provide,” said ASCO President Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP. “The QOPI Certification Program helps practices determine whether they are providing the best possible treatment and care to their patients and demonstrates their commitment to excellence and lifelong learning.”

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. More than 850 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program. MOA was first certified in 2010 – one of the first 16 oncology practices in the country to receive the three-year QOPI certification. Currently, MOA is one of only 190 U.S. oncology practices QOPI certified.

To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify through on-site inspection that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in all areas of treatment, including:

  • treatment planning;
  • staff training and education;
  • chemotherapy orders and drug preparation;
  • patient consent and education;
  • safe chemotherapy administration;
  • monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

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