Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center has been recognized by the QOPI® Certification Program, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Association for Clinical Oncology and an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), as successfully completing a three-year certification for oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality and safety in cancer care. The three-year accreditation is valid through February 2025.
Accreditation through QOPI is a voluntary self-assessment and improvement program to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of care they provide to patients. The program analyzes individual practice data and compares them to more than 170 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices to compare their performance and identify areas for improvement.
“Baptist MD Anderson is proud to receive this important QOPI accreditation from ASCO,” said Edward Gorak, DO, MBA, MS, FACP, head of the division of cancer medicine and hematologist-oncologist at Baptist MD Anderson. “QOPI is an oncologist-led and practice-based quality program that provides a standard methodology, a robust library of quality metrics for oncology and a collection of tools to inform quality improvement activities and to demonstrate quality to patients and external stakeholders.”
The QOPI Certification Program builds on ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI). Baptist MD Anderson has achieved this certification by meeting QOPI’s core standards in all treatment areas, including treatment planning, staff training and education, chemotherapy orders and drug preparation, patient consent and education, safe chemotherapy administration and monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.
“Baptist MD Anderson is joining a top-tier group as 1,000 oncology practices have registered, but only 300 practices worldwide to date have met the rigorous standards set by ASCO and the QOPI program,” said Dr. Gorak. “Being the only site to achieve this certification in Northeast Florida demonstrates our team’s commitment to providing safe, quality care for our patients.”
The QOPI accreditation process includes voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards consistent with national guidelines. The QOPI Certification Program staff and committee members then verify through an on-site survey that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in treatment areas. The QOPI Certification Program designates those practices that score above the threshold on the key QOPI quality measures and meet chemotherapy safety standards established by the Society and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Learn more about QOPI at https://practice.asco.org/quality-improvement/quality-programs.