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Dayton Physicians Network-Cancer Care and Urology achieves four-year accreditation for Radiation Oncology Services from ASTRO’s Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®)

Dayton, Ohio, January 10, 2017—Dayton Physicians Network has demonstrated compliance with the standards of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®), effective January 1, 2017, for a four-year accreditation of their radiation oncology services. APEx is an independent radiation oncology practice accreditation program developed by ASTRO based on a comprehensive set of sixteen evidence-based standards of radiation oncology practice. The sixteen standards are focused on five pillars of patient care: 1) the process of care; 2) the radiation oncology team; 3) safety; 4) quality management; and 5) patient-centered care.

“Dayton Physicians Network pleased to receive APEx accreditation from the premier radiation oncology society in the world.” said Greg Rasp, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology Services. “Evaluating our processes in relation to ASTRO’s high standards, including standards for safety and quality, validates our practices and recognizes the efforts of our radiation oncology team to deliver patient-centered radiation oncology care.”

“ASTRO is proud to recognize Dayton Physicians Network for achieving APEx accreditation,” said ASTRO chair David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO. “Dayton Physicians Network has demonstrated a commitment to providing their patients with safe, high-quality radiation therapy services.”

Accreditation through APEx is a rigorous, voluntary, multi-step process that can take up to one year to complete. Each center seeking APEx accreditation must have its policies and procedures evaluated using objective, verifiable expectations for performance in radiation oncology. It must demonstrate its commitment to high standards of safety and quality in the practice of radiation oncology and that it practices patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinating treatment, and engaging patients and their families as partners in care.

APEx has a distinctive program structure that includes both a self-assessment process and a facility visit conducted by a medical physicist and a radiation oncologist, radiation therapist, nurse, dosimetrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or practice administrator. APEx integrates Maintenance of Certification (MOC) templates that promote value and efficiency for physicians and final evaluation reports that link standards and performance to quality improvement resources. APEx applicants also have access to a library of quality improvement practice management tools to facilitate a culture of safety. APEx reflects competencies and practices identified and endorsed in the 2012 ASTRO publication Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care.

ABOUT Dayton Physicians Network

Dayton Physicians Network’s mission is to earn the trust of our patients and colleagues by exceeding their expectations in Quality of Care, Scope of Service, Compassion, Timeliness and Cost Effectiveness.

Dayton Physicians Network was established in 2006 by integrating multiple specialty practices together within the Dayton area. Our practice takes an inter-disciplinary approach by providing Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Imaging and Urology.

Dayton Physicians Network offers the latest technologies for radiation therapy treatments. The TrueBeam™ STx System coupled with PitchPerfect 6DoF couch are used to treat some of the most complex cancers such as lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, brain and spine. Our expert doctors and staff provide unparalleled radiation therapy treatments at six convenient locations.

Dayton Physicians Network medical oncology practice is one of only seven in the United States to achieve Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation in Oncology Medical Home (OMH). “Come Home” is a CoC medical home that allows us to offer our oncology patients access to care by our team of professionals, after hours and weekends. OMH has been proven to help to prevent emergency room visits and hospitalizations, keeping patients at home, where they prefer to be.

Our specialists are also committed to providing cutting-edge clinical trials to our patients. DPN’s medical oncologists offer local access to state-of the-art research trials that benefit patients, some of which are typically only available at large institutions. Best of all we’re right here close to home, no need to travel for care.

Dayton Physicians urologists perform robotic surgeries using the da Vinici® Surgical System in addition to more traditional open surgeries. Our urologists are the first in the Miami Valley area to offer MRI Fusion guided prostate biopsies, the first major advancement in prostate biopsies in 25 years.

DPN’s urology practice is the largest full service urology practice in the Miami Valley and we are uniquely equipped to provide comprehensive and compassionate urological care to men and women. Our caring, expert doctors and staff offer diagnosis, treatment and care for urological disorders such as kidney stones, incontinence, as well as; prostate, bladder and kidney cancers.

At Dayton Physicians Network, we’re here for you with locations across the Miami Valley.

ABOUT ASTRO

ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy. ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (www.redjournal.org), Practical Radiation Oncology (www.practicalradonc.org) and Advances in Radiation Oncology (www.advancesradonc.org); developed and maintains an extensive patient website, RT Answers (http://www.rtanswers.org); and created the Radiation Oncology Institute (www.roinstitute.org), a nonprofit foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org.

APEX Accredited Facilities https://www.astro.org/Daily-Practice/Accreditation/APEx-Accredited-Faclities/

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Robert E. Baird Jr., CEO of Dayton Physicians, LLC was recently quoted in The New York Times article, A Bipartisan Reason to Save Obamacare.

It used to be that a patient of the Dayton Physicians Network who wasn’t feeling well would call the office, leave a message — and wait.

“We generally couldn’t see that patient on the same day,” said Robert E. Baird Jr., chief executive of the Ohio network, which provides cancer treatment to 30,000 people each year. The message would sit on a desk till the end of the day, when phone calls were returned.

“The patient would wait the entire day, and end up giving up and going to the emergency room,” he added. “More often than not it would end up in an inpatient admission or an overnight.”

No longer. In 2013, the clinic hired oncology nurses to take patient calls and gave them protocols: For example, a chemo patient with a fever gets a same-day appointment and certain tests.

Baird said the program prevented 500 visits to the E.R. in 2016. “We were able to achieve Medicare’s ‘triple aim’: higher quality of care, lower cost and increased patient satisfaction,” he said.

To read the full article visit: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/04/opinion/a-bipartisan-reason-to-save-obamacare.html?_r=0&referer