NEHOA Receives Recognition for Cancer Care




NEWTON, Mass. (January, 2014)  – Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s medical oncology partner, New England Hematology/Oncology Associates (NEHOA), has received reaccreditation 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.

“Our recertification through QOPI demonstrates our continued commitment to the pursuit of clinical care excellence for our patients,” said Jeffrey Wisch, MD, Medical Director, Vernon Cancer Center, and Chief of Hematology/Oncology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

NEHOA, located at Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Vernon Cancer Center, is a private practice providing advanced care from highly specialized oncologists. The medical oncology team is led by board certified physicians, complemented by an experienced, specialty nursing team. The entire medical team, made up of hematologists, oncologists, nurse practitioners, oncology nurses, social workers and ancillary staff, use advanced protocols and technology to diagnose and treat cancer. They remain involved in all aspects of patient care – from diagnosis to treatment and during long-term, follow-up care.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Radiation Oncology Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, also located within the Vernon Cancer Center, works with NEHOA to offer patients access to premier radiation oncology services and expertise. The Radiation Oncology team is led by board certified physicians who treat a broad spectrum of cancer diagnoses and complemented by a specialty team including medical physicists, radiation therapists and oncology nurses. The team utilizes the latest technology and equipment to plan and deliver individually tailored radiation treatment to reduce tumor volume while minimizing effects on non-cancerous tissues.

To become QOPI certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice. The QCP staff then verify through on-site inspection that the evaluation and documents are correct and 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; and monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

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. Through the QOPI program, practices abstract data from patients’ records and enter this information into a secure database of more than 850 oncology practices. The information is then provided to participating practices for comparison. Based on this feedback, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement.

Rachel Kagno
Public Affairs & Marketing
Newton-Wellesley Hospital

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