Jamestown Medical Oncology and Hematology is recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program certifies oncology practices that meet the highest quality standards for cancer care.
QOPI certification signifies that an outpatient oncology practice has met core standards in a variety of areas that affect the quality of patient care, including staff training and education, chemotherapy orders and drug preparation, patient consent and education, safe chemotherapy administration, and monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.
Jamestown Medical Oncology and Hematology received QOPI-certification in 2012 and is one of only 200 practices currently certified nationwide.
QOPI is a voluntary self-assessment and improvement program developed by ASCO in 2006 and is the first program of its kind for outpatient oncology practices in the United States. Joining more than 850 other oncology practices by registering for this program, Jamestown Medical Oncology and Hematology has elected to implement improved methods of organizing and assessing the practice’s information in order to increase the quality of patient care that is provided.
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.
Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Oncologists can achieve certification by meeting the highest standards of care; a certification designates those practices that not only scored high on the key QOPI quality measures, but meet rigorous chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards every three years.
Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 35,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer.