Hematology Oncology Specialists of Cape Cod Recognized with National Certification

(Falmouth, January 26, 2012) – Hematology Oncology Specialists of Cape Cod in North Falmouth 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.

            “We’re extremely proud to receive this certification from ASCO and QOPI®,which underscores our commitment to providing the best cancer care possible for our patients,” said Victor M. Aviles, M.D., who founded the practice in 2006. “Our practice is part of a comprehensivecenter of clinical excellence in oncologyat Falmouth Hospital and throughout Cape Cod Healthcare, and this QOPI®certification demonstrates our commitment to the highest level of quality care.”

Hematology Oncology Specialists of Cape Cod is one of four QOPI® practices in Massachusetts that have received full certification, and is one of only 100 QOPI® certified practices in the United States.

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 700 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program.  

The QOPI Certification Program (QCP) was launched in January 2010. This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States. Oncologists can achieve certification by demonstrating practice consistent with the highest standards of care. The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored high on the key QOPI quality measures, but meet rigorous safety measures established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). 

QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 100 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.  

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 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.

“Cancer patients and their families should expect nothing less than accountability and the highest standards from their cancer care providers,” said Allen S. Lichter, MD, CEO of ASCO and President of the QOPI Certification Program. “QOPI participation reflects a commitment to quality of care that leads to fundamental changes in the clinical practice of oncology. Oncology practices that commit to quality and safety are those that provide the most optimal cancer care. The Certification Program helps 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.” 

Hematology Oncology Specialists of Cape Cod

Guidance for the Journey

Hematology Oncology Specialists of Cape Cod, P.C. is a private hematology and oncology practice in North Falmouth, Massachusetts, serving the entire adult community. We offer comprehensive consultation for the full range of hematologic and oncologic disorders. HOSCC features a compassionate, expert, and fully certified nursing corps, a large, comfortable medical infusion suite, and CLIA-certified laboratory service. Dr. Jennifer Crook, Dr. Victor Aviles, and Stephanie Tudor, PA-C work with a warm, dedicated support staff to assist you in meeting your goals. (508) 564-7411.

Cape Cod Healthcare

Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of health care services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,500 employees and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two-acute care hospitals, the largest home health services agency on the Cape (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at www.capecodhealth.org. Cape Cod Healthcare. We’re taking good care of you.

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 nearly 30,000 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.

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