The Hennepin Comprehensive Cancer Center was recently recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.
To become certified, practices submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QOPI Certification Program staff and steering group members then verify that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in all 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 analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 100 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.
“This certification reflects our commitment to providing outstanding, comprehensive cancer care for each and every one of our patients,” explains Dr. Douglas Rausch, Medical Director for Hennepin Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Being able to continuously monitor how we’re delivering care and making sure we’re meeting quality measures helps us become better practitioners and caregivers – and our patients deserve nothing less.”
About Hennepin Comprehensive Cancer Center:
The Hennepin Comprehensive Cancer Center provides cancer-related services through an integrated system of health and social services. The continuum of care extends from prevention, diagnosis, treatment, symptom control, and cure, through all related aspects of adjustment to relapse, survivorship, and bereavement counseling. The Center is being renovated and expanded to increase the size and scope of its cancer care services.
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 30,000 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. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.cancer.net.