Georgia Cancer Specialists Receives National Recognition for Cancer Care

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, has been recognized for cancer care by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program. QOPI is an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the largest oncology society in the U.S.

“We’re honored to receive this certification, which acknowledges our commitment to excellence in patient care,” said Dr. Cheryl Jones, vice-president and chief medical officer at Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. “As the largest oncology practice in Georgia, it is important to provide the highest quality standards by experienced and compassionate providers.”

QOPI® is a voluntary self-assessment and improvement program to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients. Three-year certification is provided for practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care, scoring above the threshold on the key quality measures and meeting chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society. The certification is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States.

Each of Georgia Cancer Specialists’ 26 clinics in Georgia participated in a comprehensive site assessment and was successful in meeting the standards and objectives of the QOPI Certification Program. All 26 clinics received certification. In Athens, Macon, Milledgeville and Lake Oconee, Georgia Cancer Specialist is the only QOPI-certified facility in the area.

“QOPI provides oncology practices with the information needed to evaluate and continually improve the quality of care they provide for patients,” said ASCO President Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO. “Since its start in 2010, the QOPI Certification Program allows practices to maintain their commitment to excellence by providing high quality care for patients with cancer.”

The QOPI is a project of ASCO’s Institute for Quality, an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit http://qopi.asco.org/certification.html.

For more information about Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, visit www.gacancer.com.

About ASCO:
Founded in 1964, 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 35,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.cancer.net.

About ASCO Institute for Quality, LLC
The ASCO Institute for Quality is an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs for ASCO members and their patients. Committed to providing oncologists with the necessary resources to provide every patient with high-level cancer care, the Institute carries out ASCO’s clinical quality improvement programs. The Institute is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASCO.

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