NEWS | April 20, 2016

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center earns new quality certification

Award demonstrates commitment to excellence in cancer care and ongoing quality improvement


The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Division of Hematology/Oncology has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program for meeting the nation’s highest quality standards for cancer care. The division is the only Northern California QOPI–certified practice also affiliated with an NCI designated cancer center.

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“I am proud that we have met these high standards of practice,” said Theodore Wun, division chief. “This certification is a testament to the dedication of all who provide care at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. We join a select group of academic practices that devoted the resources to robust self-examination and quality improvement. Certification is not an end in itself and denotes an ongoing process of quality improvement that will lead to better outcomes for our patients.”

A first-of-its-kind quality assessment program in oncology, the QOPI certification was launched by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in 2006 to promote excellence in cancer care. Led by oncologists to help practices create a culture of self-examination and improvement, the program validates processes that demonstrate to patients, payers and the medical community an outpatient hematology-oncology practice’s commitment to quality.

The three-year certification designates 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. There are 286 QOPI-certified practices in the U.S. and 15 in California.

“Oncology practices that are committed to quality and safety are those that provide the most optimal cancer care,” said Sandra M. Swain, former ASCO president.

QOPI logoRecognized as a leader in cancer research, care and education, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California. The center provides a broad spectrum of clinical specialties for treatment of a range of cancer types and offers patients the expertise of collaborative teams of doctors, nurses and support staff. In addition to giving patients access to leading-edge research and biotechnologies used to personalize treatments, the center is dedicated to eliminating cancer health disparities through education and outreach ensuring all Californians have access to high-quality cancer care.

Encompassing at least 80 quality measures such as staffing, chemotherapy orders and patient education, QOPI helps practices compare their performance to that of others across the country and identify areas for improvement. The program provides a standard methodology, a robust library of quality metrics for oncology, and a collection tools to reliably and routinely assess care, inform quality improvement activities and demonstrate quality to patients and external stakeholders.

“This culture of excellence will be especially important as we enter the era of personalized medicine,” said ASCO Chief Executive Officer Allen Lichter, highlighting the changing landscape of cancer care and the growing importance for continuous quality improvement to ensure the best patient outcomes and increase safety.

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