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Why QOPI Programs Matter

Quality Oncology Practice Initiative programs are designed for hematology-oncology physician-based practices. Strictly voluntary, QOPI programs provide a valuable tool to assess current practice standards.

QOPI Methods and Measurement

Chart abstraction is performed twice a year, spring and fall, and covers a five week period. During this collection process, practices participate in modules ranging from core measures, disease-specific and domain modules.

Practice staff or Cancer Registrars review the patient’s chart and answer a series of questions within the QOPI database including:

  • Time of diagnosis
  • Treatment start/end date
  • Type of treatment performed
  • Cancer stage
  • Consent documented
  • Pain assessment

Each question receives a calculated score. At the end of the collection period practices receive a quality report that defines scores achieved on each measure and compares the practice’s performance to other practices who participated in the collection round.

Why consider QOPI?

The QOPI results provide practices with areas of improvement which also aims to improve quality of care to the patient. In addition to creating a culture of self-examination and improvement, QOPI programs help practices in the following ways:

  • Identify practice strengths and weaknesses
  • Provide community with quality care
  • Define areas of improvement in the EMR to meet the current CMS standards

The QOPI certification program (QCP™) provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices. QCP validates processes that demonstrate to patients, payers, and the medical community, a practice’s commitment to quality. Changes are always occurring in the healthcare industry and practices’ quality standards need to adhere to those changes. To ensure your practice is providing patients with the best quality care possible, consider QOPI as your improvement program.  To find out who can apply for certification, click here for details.

Or hear  Dr. Mike Neuss, Chief Medical Officer,Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center,Nashville, Tennessee, as he discusses what it’s like to participate in QOPI and some of the reasons practices would benefit from participating in QOPI.

Has anyone participated in QOPI? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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