New Special Series in the Journal of Oncology Practice Highlights ASCO’s 2017 Quality Care Symposium

August 11, 2017

The August issue of the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) is a Special Series on ASCO’s 2017 Quality Care Symposium (QCS). The issue features research and highlights from this year’s meeting that brought together top leaders in the field to share strategies and methods for measuring and improving the quality and safety of cancer care.

A foreword by QCS Planning Committee members, Michael Neuss, MD, FASCO, Joseph Jacobson, MD, FASCO, and Monika Krzyzanowska, MD, MPH, shares the highlights from the fifth QCS, which took place March 3–4, at the Hyatt Grand Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla.

The two-day program features invited experts, panel discussions, and abstract presentations to promote innovation, collaboration, and cooperation in cancer-focused quality measurement and improvement and health services research. Some of the presentations highlighted in the Special Series include:

  • This year’s meeting marked the second annual Joseph C. Simone Award and Lecture. The Award and Lecture honors an extraordinary individual who has made multiple significant contributions to the quality and safety of cancer care. This year’s award was given to George P. Browman MD,CM, MSc, FRCPC, FASCO. Dr. Browman was the Founding Director of Cancer Care Ontario’s Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC) from 1998 to 2004. His presentation at the meeting provided a basis for understanding a method for clinician engagement in building a culture of scientifically driven care.
  • Can You Hear Me Now? Importance of Assessing Patients’ Cancer Care Experiences, underscores why it is crucial for physicians to listen to the voices of patients with cancer to improve the quality of care they deliver. This commentary highlights the importance of the patient’s perspective and discusses advances in the field related to measurement and evaluation of the patient-centeredness of cancer care. As the population continues to age, there will be an increasing need not only for evidence-based medical interventions to treat their cancer, but also a health care system that is capable and ready to provide them with ongoing support that meets their patient-centered needs. 
  • Transforming Practices Through the Oncology Care Model: Financial Toxicity and Counseling, highlights the growing problem of financial toxicity in the oncology setting to find effective solutions on financial vulnerability. The study authors offer four opportunities to alleviate financial toxicity and advocate for oncology providers across the U.S. to invest in improving the skill level of their financial advocates and navigators to help improve the patient experience and reduce financial toxicity.
  • Usability Considerations in Oncology Electronic Medical Records summarizes some of the challenges the field faces in the growing integral use of EMRs. While the introduction of EMRs has many benefits, including increased access to patient chart data, alerts for critical lab values, notifications about potential medication errors, reminders to provide preventative and guideline-concordant care, and facilitation of communication with patients and other providers, there are also many usability issues physicians face. The presentation shows that the field must address usability to ensure that health care remains patient-centered and not EMR centered.

Next year’s symposium takes place on September 28-29, 2018 in Phoenix, Ariz., and will be led by Monika Krzyzanowska, MD, MPH.

Read the full issue and learn more about QCS 2018.