Sparrow’s Commitment to Cancer Excellence

Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program

Sparrow’s certification from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program (QOPI)

Sparrow Medical Oncology was 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 certifies oncology practices that meet rigorous standards for high-quality cancer care.

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 programs, practices abstract data from Patients’ records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. Sparrow Medical Oncology is one of 23 receiving the inaugural certification in 2010.

More than 580 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program. QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 80 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices. Individual practices are also able to compare their performance to data from other practices across the country. Based on this feedback, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement. The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet standards for quality cancer care. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing Physicians who care for Patients with cancer. With more than 28,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals.

For ASCO information and resources, visit Patient-oriented cancer information is available at

Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program

Commission on Cancer logoSparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center is fully accredited with Commendation by the Commission on Cancer. 

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program encourages cancer hospitals, cancer treatment centers, and other cancer facilities to improve their quality of Patient care through various cancer-related programs. These programs focus on prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, and surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care. The availability of a full range of medical services along with a multidisciplinary team approach to Patient care at accredited cancer programs has resulted in approximately 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer Patients being treated in CoC-accredited cancer programs. Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the CoC Cancer Program Standards promote consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary cooperation results in improved Patient care.

Michigan Oncology Quality Initiative (MOQC)

Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center is one of a number of select cancer centers to participate in the Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium. The Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center works collaboratively with other cancer programs to analyze quality data and improve care for cancer Patients. This effort leads the way in defining what are the best practiced, evidence-based treatments for cancer and making sure that all of our Patients receive these treatments.

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)

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Sparrow’s breast cancer clinic has been accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) following a rigorous evaluation of the clinic’s performance in over 30 indicators of quality Patient care.

NAPBC accreditation is a voluntary program only granted to hospitals that agree to undergo a strict survey of its procedures. The NAPBC program is administered by the American College of Surgeons, which reviewed the breast cancer clinic on key areas: leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.

Continuing Education

Our Physicians believe that continuing cancer education is essential to the service and quality of care we provide our Patients. We also host multiple Sparrow-based tumor boards on a monthly, bi-weekly, and weekly basis. The purpose of these tumor boards is to discuss Patient cases with a variety of specialists, to further Physician knowledge, and to decide on best treatment options with input from multiple oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists. The following is a list of Sparrow tumor boards: General Medicine, Breast, Lung, Prostate, Head & Neck, Colorectal, Upper GI, and Neuro/Brain.

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