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HaysMed's oncology, hematology section honored


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

Hays Medical Center's Oncology/Hematology Section of the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The QOPI 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 QOPI certification from ASCO," said William Cadoret, director of pharmacy and oncology services. "It represents our sincere commitment to excellence for our patients."

QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares it to more than 160 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information then is provided in reports to participating practices. Individual practices also are 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 through on-site inspection the evaluation and documents are correct and the practices met core standards in areas of treatment, including: treatment planning; staff training and education; chemotherapy orders and drug preparation; patient consent and education; and monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

The QOPI Certification Program is a project of ASCO's Institute for Quality, an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs.