Our grandfather was diagnosed with an advanced colon cancer and we were referred to Dr Chaves. Dr Chaves gave us an aggressive treatment plan and he he helped get us get our grandfather to a great surgeon. We were pleased to know that he is able to work closely with UW/SCCA as well and he has gone above and beyond our expectations. He gave our grandfather chemotherapy locally in Tacoma and he had such a great result that he were able to have surgery!!
I have been a patient of Dr. Rose-Veatch's since July 2010. She has been treating me for Multiple Myeloma. Which is a serious bone cancer. I am still here nearly 8 years later and she is mostly the reason why I am.
What an amazing woman! She has cared for me for 2 years now and works to solve ANY problem I have regardless of how remote it is from her specialty. She always finds an answer. She is very aggressive in defeating cancer and making sure her patients get the very best care.
We provide access to promising new therapies for our patients and have for the last 20 years. It’s important that our patients know their options when it comes to treatment of their disease. We continue to research and provide access to the newest treatment options available.
Value-based care promises to reinforce a whole-person, team-based approach that will significantly improve the quality, accessibility, and affordability of the care we deliver to cancer patients and their loved ones every day. Utilizing the most advanced treatments with greater efficiency ultimately benefits everyone in our healthcare system.
At NWMS our goal is to engage patients in their healthcare decisions to ensure the care provided is focused on the patient as a whole and not just the treatment of their disease. This includes costs, shared decision making and enhancing their healthcare experience.
As a Blue Distinction Center, Northwest Medical Specialties provides Premera members in-network access to cancer care that places an emphasis on improving the patient experience while delivering high quality care.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation formally launched the Oncology Care Model (OCM), a 5-year voluntary pilot project intended to improve the quality of cancer treatment and lower Medicare spending, by coordinating care. NWMS is one of 176 cancer centers in the USA participating in this model.
The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices. QOPI validates processes that demonstrate to patients, payors, and the medical community, a practice’s commitment to quality. Every QOPI Certified practice is evaluated on both measures and standards in cancer care.
The NCQA Recognition program outlines essential components of oncology care. The patient-centered medical home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. PCMHs build better relationships between patients and their clinical care teams. Research shows that PCMHs improve quality and the patient experience, and increase staff satisfaction while reducing health care costs. Practices that earn recognition have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement and a patient centered approach to care.
NWMS is the founding practice of Quality Cancer Care Alliance. QCCA strives to improve the quality of care by utilizing the most effective therapies, diagnostics, processes, and research in the service of our patients. Cancer care is best delivered locally, in the patient’s own community, by independent practitioners who provide personal, yet technologically advanced care. In 2018 QCCA became a clinically integrated network (CIN) on a national level, making it the first of its kind.
Northwest Medical Specialties won the 2017 ACCC Innovation award for its forward-thinking cancer program and creative innovative strategies for the effective delivery of cancer care. The Innovator Award recipients presented their creative, replicable programs at the ACCC 34th National Oncology Conference, October 18–20, 2017, in Nashville, TN.