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Cape Fear Cancer Specialists Receives National Recognition

WILMINGTON, NC - Cape Fear Cancer Specialists – NHRMC Physician Group has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  The QOPI® Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.  QOPI is a voluntary self-assessment and improvement program launched by American Society of Clinical Oncology 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 review data from their patients’ records up to twice per year and compare it to more than 100 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. “This designation is a reflection of our commitment to quality care for our patients,” says Birgit Arb, M.D., a medical oncologist with Cape Fear Cancer Specialists.  
“We are proud to have achieved this recognition on a national level.”
 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 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, and monitoring and assessment of patient well-being. “Cancer patients and their families should expect nothing less than accountability and the highest standards from their cancer care providers,” says Allen S. Lichter, MD, CEO of ASCO and President of the QOPI Certification Program. “Oncology practices that commit to quality and safety are those that provide the most optimal cancer care. 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.”  
Cape Fear Cancer Specialists – NHRMC Physician Group, 1520 Physicians Drive in Wilmington OR 509 Olde Waterford Way in Leland. Specializes in tumors, cancers and blood disease. Providers include: John W. Anagnost, M.D. William McNulty, M.D., Birgit A. Arb, M.D., Kenneth W. Kotz, M.D., Douglas J. Testori, D.O., DeLayne B. Godwin, MSN, RN, FNP, Rebecca S. Edwards, PA C, Sarah Blake, MS, PA C.
About the NHRMC Physician Group: The NHRMC Physician Group is committed to providing the highest quality health care to residents of southeastern North Carolina. With more than 100 providers in both primary care and specialty fields, the NHRMC Physician Group's doctors can focus on providing the best medical care to their patients while benefiting from the shared resources of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  This progressive healthcare partnership means access to some of medicine's best technologies, treatments and specialists is readily available when needed. Services provided include urology, oncology, neurology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, psychiatry, urgent care, pediatric surgery and a team of hospitalists serving hospitalized patients. To better serve patients' needs, NHRMC Physician Group practices are located throughout southeastern North Carolina.