Medical Group Achieves National Recognition

By Sarah Buenviaje, O.N.P., Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Diablo Valley Oncology / Hematology Medical Group has become one of the first oncology practices in the nation to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program is a new initiative to certify oncology practices that meet rigorous standards for high-quality cancer care. Diablo Valley Oncology is one of five in California and the only cancer center in the East Bay to achieve this certification.

The QOPI certification allows oncologists in the community to be at the forefront of cancer care, and to be recognized for their quality. The 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. “Increasingly, educated patients and families demand accountability and the highest standards from cancer care providers,” said Douglas W. Blayney, MD, immediate past president of ASCO.

“Our mission has always been to provide excellent oncology and blood disorder care to every patient – every day. To be recognized by these national organizations (ASCO and QOPI) is extremely gratifying.” said Matthew Sirott, MD, the managing partner of Diablo Valley Oncology. “In addition to the certification, we are pleased that many of our procedures exceeded the QOPI requirements and may be incorporated in future ASCO guidelines.”