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Northwest Medical Quality Scorecard

Northwest Medical Specialties is proud to present our quality scoreboard. Our awards, recognition’s and affiliations show our mission of providing the most comprehensive, highest quality cancer care in the Puget Sound.

QOPI Certified Logo


The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices. QCP 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.  ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) demonstrates the ability to satisfy the quality measures that were  developed by world-renowned practicing oncologists and quality experts, using clinical guidelines and published standards, such as the National Initiative on Cancer Care Quality (NICCQ), ASCO/NCCN Quality Measures, and ASTRO/ASCO/AMA PCPI Oncology Measures. Standards and measures are continually re-assessed to maintain rigor.

Oncology Care Model


The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI or the Innovation Center) 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. The OCM is a multi-payer initiative, with 17 private payers participating along with Medicare. In total, 196 physician practices in 31 states are participating in the OCM. HHS projected that the OCM will include more than 3,200 oncologists and will cover approximately 155,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

Northwest Medical Specialties is the only participant in the greater Seattle area, demonstrating its commitment to innovation and to improving the overall patient experience in our practice.

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premera bluecross award


Premera Blue Cross has a three-year agreement with Northwest Medical Specialties that gives Premera members in-network access to oncology programs that place an emphasis on improving the patient experience while delivering better value.

The agreement provides for a new kind of healthcare partnership that seeks to tie payments to better outcomes, while providing supportive care for patients and their families.

“We’re committed to improving our customers’ lives by making healthcare work better,” said John Espinola, MD and Executive Vice President for Premera. “Crucial to that is working with partners like Northwest Medical Specialties who share our commitment to ensuring patients receive the care they need and the customer experience they deserve, while working to make healthcare more affordable.”

“We are very excited about this opportunity, to develop a new cancer care model with Premera. This is an initiative that we think will help change the healthcare model, bringing real value to our patients and healthcare partners,” said Jorge Chaves, M.D., with Northwest Medical Specialties.

The deal continues a partnership that allows Premera members access to health care services at all six Northwest Medical Specialties locations, including Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Gig Harbor, and Bonney Lake.

Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognized Practice


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.

2017 Association of Community Cancer Centers Innovator Awards Logo


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.

Quality Cancer Care Alliance Logo


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. Quality Cancer Care Alliance (QCCA) voted unanimously in favor of becoming a clinically integrated network (CIN) on a national level, making it the first of its kind in terms of geographic coverage. Comprised of 20 independently owned and operated practices located across the continental United States and Hawaii.

Cancer Support Community Logo


NWMS is proud to partner with Cancer Support Community to support the national effort in supporting cancer patients and their caregiver. As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

South Sound Care Foundation - Shining a Light on Cancer Research


In 2008, a group of community leaders came together with a vision: to bring groundbreaking clinical trials and cancer research to the South Sound Region, and to provide residents with cancer treatment options otherwise unavailable. And so, out of such a dream, the South Sound CARE Foundation was born. NWMS and Dr. Frank Senecal are the founders of the South Sound CARE Foundation

COA Patient Advocacy Network & Community Oncology Alliance Logos


CPAN was created in recognition of the vital role patients should play in advocating for access to local affordable care for all cancer patients. Truly inclusive on all levels, CPAN is a noncancer type specific national network representing all members of the cancer community. CPAN members include patients in active treatment, cancer survivors, professional caregivers, family members, medical and oncology professionals, and members of the general community.


HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


November 16, 2020 Update

During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

  • Bonney Lake
  • Federal Way

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control