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IHA and St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program recognized for cancer care
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09/26/2013
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IHA Hematology Oncology Consultants and St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program recognized for cancer care by largest US oncology society

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – (August 28, 2013) – IHA and St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program are pleased to announce that IHA Hematology Oncology Consultants and the St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program 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.

Achieving the QOPI® certification was made possible by a collaborative effort between IHA Hematology Oncology Consultants, and both the pharmacy and infusion center at St. Joe’s. This certification represents not only medical excellence, but also dedication to go above and beyond in providing the best possible care for their patients.

“This certification validates the high quality care that we’ve been delivering as a practice for a long time,” said Jerome Winegarden III, MD, medical director for IHA Hematology Oncology Consultants. “The driving force behind this recognition is the very carefully coordinated services we have developed between pharmacy, nursing, research and our practice. These separate departments working in concert allow us to deliver state-of-the-art cancer care."

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. 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. More than 800 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program.

“Receiving cancer care from a QOPI Certified practice can alleviate patients’ concerns regarding the quality of care being provided. QOPI certification demonstrates a high level of commitment to quality and external audits from national leaders in chemotherapy safety that assure safe and effective practices," states Philip Stella, MD, medical director of Saint Joseph Mercy Cancer Care Program.

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. 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. 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.

“Oncology practices that are committed to quality and safety are those that provide the most optimal cancer care,” said ASCO President Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP. “ASCO’s quality programs are designed by leaders in the profession and give practices the ability to continuously improve the quality of care they provide. The QOPI 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.”

IHA Hematology Oncology Consultants and the St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Program have been participating in the QOPI program since 2008, and are committed to enhancing patient care over the coming years.

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 3,200 physicians.

SJMHS is a member of CHE Trinity Health, one of the largest Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 84 hospitals, 95 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.4 million visits annually. The organization was formed by the May 2013 consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Healthcare East.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

About IHA
IHA is one of the largest, fully integrated physician group practices in southeast Michigan, with best-in-class performance in care outcomes, patient loyalty and value. IHA has more than 368 providers, including: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse midwives in 41 practices. IHA provides high-quality medical care and excellent service to more than 359,000 active patients. IHA’s employed physician, nursing and support staff totals more than 1,320 professionals.

Recognized as one of Michigan’s top performing, clinical-quality medical groups, IHA also ranks in the top 20th percentile for patient satisfaction nationally. Offering extended office hours, After Hours Care, and access to clinical research studies, IHA demonstrates that it cares by bringing safe, high quality, comprehensive and affordable care to its patients. IHA is an operating subsidiary of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of Trinity Health. For more information about IHA, visit www.ihacares.com

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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