The Jones Clinic was one of the first 16 clinics in the nation to receive QOPI certification.
QOPI is a national certification from The American Society of Clinical Oncology. The QOPI certification program recognizes oncology practices that meet or exceed QOPI standards for more than 24 selected rigorous, evidence or expert consensus opinion-based measures for cancer care, and additionally, show evidence of meeting 17 specific chemotherapy safety standards.
“Having a national certification program that acknowledges the highest standards of cancer care delivery is a major milestone for health care in America,” said Douglas W. Blayney, ASCO President. “Not only should these community oncology practices feel tremendous pride in their QOPI certification, but their patients can be confident in the quality of care they are receiving.”
QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help oncology practices assess the quality of care they provide to patients. The program evaluates five main areas in cancer care:
Practices are also evaluated on end-of-life care and symptom management in four common cancers, including breast, colorectal, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-small cell lung cancer. Through the QOPI program, practices collect general information from patients’ medical records twice a year and enter it into a secure database. This data is then analyzed by QOPI to determine how well the practice performed according to a host of evidence- and expert consensus opinion-based performance benchmarks.
QOPI then provides feedback reports to participating practices to help them to know where they are performing well and to help identify areas for improvement. Practices are also able to compare their performance relative to other practices across the country. Based on this information, doctors and their practices are able to focus on specific areas for improvement. Approximately 580 practices currently participate in the QOPI program. Oncology practices that earn the QOPI certification are certified for three years. To learn more about the QOPI program, visit http://qopi.asco.org.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with the overarching goals of improving cancer care and prevention. Nearly 30,000 oncology practitioners belong to ASCO, representing all oncology disciplines and subspecialties. Members include physicians and health-care professionals in all levels of the practice of oncology. To learn more about ASCO, visit http://www.asco.org.