St. Luke's University Health Network

News

Dr Niewiarowska Earns Special Certification

Cancer Physician Anna A. Niewiarowska, MD, Earns Certification in Quality Oncology Practice Initiative

Practice is One of 23 in the Nation to Receive Certification

Bethlehem, PA (7/9/2010) – Anna Niewiarowska, MD, of Vita Medical Associates, PC, 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, according to ASCO.

Dr. Niewiarowska is the only practitioner in Pennsylvania and only one of 23 in the nation to receive this certification.

“Earning this designation is very rewarding,” said Dr. Niewiarowska. “Meeting the standards that ASCO uses to determine excellent cancer care means that our patients are receiving the highest-quality cancer care available.”

Highest Standards of Cancer Care

“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. “The QOPI certification will allow oncologists in the community to be at the forefront of cancer care, and to be recognized for their quality. The Certification Program will help 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.”

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 care they provide to patients. Through the QOPI program, practices abstract data from patients' records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database, according to ASCO.

Vita Medical Associates is one of 23 practices receiving the inaugural certification in 2010. According to ASCO statistics, more than 580 practices have registered in the QOPI program.

More about Dr. Niewiarowska

Dr. Niewiarowska is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. She earned her medical degree at Akademia Medyczna W Warszawie, Poland, completed her internship and residencies at St. Luke's Hospital - Bethlehem Campus and completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. Dr. Niewiarowska's research was published in several medical journals including International Journal of Cancer, Blood and Journal of Biological Chemistry.

She is the principal investigator in gastrointestinal, breast and lung cancer trials and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. While Dr. Niewiarowska sees patients with all types of cancer, she is particularly interested in personalized therapy of metastatic cancers and moleular profiling for therapeutic guidance.

Learn more about St. Luke's Cancer Services.

QOPI analyzes data from individual practices and compares these to more than 80 evidence-based and consensus quality measures, according to ASCO. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices, where they can be compared by the individual 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.

About ASCO

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 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 asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at cancer.net.