Roswell Park Hematology Oncology Northtowns is a QOPI® Certified Practice. Certification by the QOPI Certification Program (QCPTM) is an acknowledgment that this practice meets certain defined quality and safety standards in the administration of cancer care.
ASCO’s QOPI certification recognizes those oncology practices that are committed to delivering the highest quality of cancer care. By achieving recertification, Roswell Park Hematology Oncology Northtowns demonstrates a commitment to quality and safety excellence in the care they deliver to patients, as well as to the continuous process of quality improvement.
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 program, practices abstract data from patients’ records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. More than 900 oncology practices have registered for the QOPI program.
Specifically, through the QOPI program, practices abstract data from patients’ records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 160 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices across the country in order for individual practices to compare their performance to other practices, giving practices a more clear-cut standard and making it easier for doctors and their staff to identify areas that need improvement.
The QCP was launched in January 2010, with more than 250 practices already certified. This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States. Oncologists can achieve certification by participating in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines. The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored above the threshold on the key QOPI quality measures, but met chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).
QOPI® analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 160 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.
To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify through on-site inspection that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in areas of treatment, including:
- Treatment planning
- Staff training and education
- Chemotherapy orders and drug preparation
- Patient consent and education
- Safe chemotherapy administration
- Monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.
QOPI and the QCP are projects dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit: http://www.instituteforquality.org/qopi-qcp.