Published on January 07, 2014

Family Cancer Center Foundation receives ASCO's quality oncology practice initiative recognition for top-quality cancer care

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Family Cancer Center Foundation, a part of Baptist Medical Group and a major player in the Baptist Cancer Center, has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

The QOPI® Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.

According to Dr. Stephen B. Edge, director of the Baptist Cancer Center, certification by the ASCO QOPI® program is a key component of helping to assure high-quality cancer care. Edge added that this national program, first proposed by Dr. Joseph Simone who later became Baptist's first Cancer Center Director, sets high standards for demonstrating and maintaining quality.

"We are proud of the Family Cancer Foundation for this achievement," said Edge.

Dr. Aleksander Jankov, hematologist/oncologist and vice president of Family Cancer Center Foundation, said "We are certainly glad to be certified by QOPI which recognizes our commitment to pursuit of highest quality oncology care. Achieving and maintaining excellence requires never ceasing effort and dedication."

The Family Cancer Center Foundation, Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation and Integrity Oncology Foundation became part of Baptist in late 2011 and all groups will work together within the new cancer center.

Founded in 1997, The Family Cancer Center Foundation is dedicated to delivering world-class care in a compassionate, friendly environment. Providing treatment services in the areas of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hematology and rheumatology, the Center's commitment to offering complete care includes clinical trials for most cancers among its five practices and nine physicians. Its mission is to advance knowledge and rapidly translate discovery into exceptional, personalized cancer care for our patients.

About Baptist

One of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States, Baptist Memorial Health Care offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, comprises 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; a multispecialty physician group; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. Baptist has more than 2,300 licensed beds systemwide, employs more than 13,000 people and has approximately 85,000 admissions annually. For more information about Baptist, please visit www.baptistonline.org or call 1-800-4-BAPTIST.

About QOPI

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. Quality metrics are assessed in a broad array of areas including documentation; communication; delivery of chemotherapy; appropriateness of drug selection; attention to supportive care; patient-related outcomes, survivorship, and end of life issues. Additional core quality standards evaluated are: treatment planning, staff training and education, patient consent and education; and monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

ABOUT QOPI® Certification

The QOPI Certification Program (QCP) was launched in January 2010, with more than 150 practices already certified. 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.

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 30,000 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.

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