Breastlink Receives Certification for Quality Breast Cancer Care from Largest Oncology Society in United States
Breastlink of Orange is a Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) certified practice.
ORANGE, Calif., July 29, 2013 – Breastlink of Orange, a comprehensive breast health center operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of RadNet, Inc., which manages a network of outpatient imaging and cancer treatment centers, announced it has been certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Breastlink of Orange is one of six practices in Southern California who currently are bestowed with this recognition.
The Quality Oncology Practice Initiative 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 care they provide to patients. More than 850 oncology practices have registered in the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative program, which gathers abstract data from patients’ records up to twice per year. This information is entered into a secure database.
In January 2010 the QOPI Certification Program (QCP) was introduced. The first program of its kind for oncology in the United States, the certification recognizes practices that scored high on key Quality Oncology Practice Initiative quality measures and meet rigorous safety measures established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). QCP provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.
“This distinction reinforces our belief that a collaborative approach to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment helps to deliver optimal patient care,” said Breastlink Medical Director of Oncology John Link, M.D. “Breastlink is committed to quality cancer care. We believe accurately measuring our services not only allows us to improve our practice, it enables us to benchmark ourselves against a high standard of excellence.”
Practices that seek certification must submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members verify, through on-site inspection, that the documents and evaluation are correct. They also confirm that the practice(s) met core standards in all areas of treatment, including:
- chemotherapy orders and drug preparation;
- monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.
- patient consent and education;
- safe chemotherapy administration;
- staff training and education; and
- treatment planning.
“QOPI is designed by clinical experts in oncology to give practices the ability to continuously improve the quality of care they provide,” said ASCO President Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP. “The QOPI Certification Program helps practices determine whether they are providing the best possible treatment and care to their patients and demonstrates their commitment to excellence and lifelong learning.”
Breastlink is a network of breast health centers offering full-service breast cancer treatment from initial screenings to the successful completion of treatment. Breastlink has a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, psychotherapists, researchers and patient advocates on staff to address the needs of breast cancer patients.
Breastlink has three locations in Southern California (Orange, Saddleback and Temecula Valley). Breastlink is affiliated with RadNet, Inc., which, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, manages a network of outpatient imaging and cancer treatment centers.
About RadNet, Inc.
RadNet, Inc. is the leading national provider of freestanding, fixed-site diagnostic imaging services in the United States based on the number of locations and annual imaging revenue. RadNet has a network of 248 owned and/or operated outpatient-imaging centers (inclusive of 23 facilities held in joint ventures). RadNet’s core markets include California, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Together with affiliated radiologists, and inclusive of full-time and per diem employees and technologists, RadNet has a total of approximately 6,000 employees.
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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