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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. 

July 24, 2017

A new article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) summarizes the discussions of ASCO’s “Omics and Precision Oncology Workshop,” led by the CancerLinQ Oncology Informatics Task Force (formerly the ASCO Health Information Technology Workgroup), along with the key challenges and recommendations identified by the participants. ASCO held the workshop last October, to begin to address four issues identified at the Data Standards and Interoperability Summit held earlier in the year: omics and precision oncology, advancing interoperability, patient engagement, and value-based oncology.

June 14, 2017

The Quality Care Symposium’s (QCS) second annual Joseph C. Simone Award and Lecture is highlighted in a new Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) article. The Award and Lecture honors an extraordinary individual who has made multiple significant contributions to the quality and safety of cancer care.

May 30, 2017

Draft recommendations as part of a focused update to the ASCO/College of American Pathologists (CAP) evidence-based guideline for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) testing in breast cancer are now open for public comment through June 12, 2017.

May 25, 2017

ASCO has announced the launch of its Center for Research & Analytics (CENTRA), which aims to make an array of cancer data available to the oncology community and provide consultation and support for research and analysis. To help guide the program, ASCO has appointed Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, PhD, to serve as ASCO's Director of Biostatistics and Data Management division.

May 25, 2017

On June 7 at noon (ET), ASCO will host a one-hour webinar for participants to learn more about the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program.

May 19, 2017

On May 24 at noon (ET), ASCO will host a one-hour webinar for participants to learn more about the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program.

May 18, 2017

On May 22, CancerLinQ LLC Chief of Strategic Alliances Jennifer L. Wong will be speaking at an event hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of New York City titled “Outsmarting Cancer: How New Technologies are Tackling a Cure.”

May 18, 2017

In April 2017, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to formally endorse the newest version of ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) joint chemotherapy administration safety standards.

May 9, 2017

ASCO has joined a coalition of more than a dozen specialty societies in supporting an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to relieve the significant administrative burdens and financial penalties slated to be imposed on physicians in 2018 as part of the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS)—due to be released this summer. ASCO is concerned about the impact these burdens could have on patient care since oncologists would have to juggle the requirements of multiple Medicare quality improvement programs in addition to time spent providing patient care.

April 17, 2017

A new editorial in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), “Making the Right Thing Easier to Do: Standardized Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care,” from Arif H. Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, FAAHPM, expounds on a recent study that highlights the need for palliative care and the feasibility of its integration into a standard model of oncology care.


April 5, 2017

On April 5, ASCO announced that Instituto de Oncologia do Vale (IOV) has become the first practice in Brazil to receive Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) certification through QOPI Certification Program, LLC. IOV is the second international practice to achieve this milestone in demonstrating the quality of care it provides to oncology patients.

March 28, 2017

On March 28, a new article published in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI), “Survival Disparities by Hospital Volume among American Women with Gynecologic Cancers” by Brandon-Luke Seagle, MD, et al., that finds that women with ovarian, endometrial or cervical cancer have significantly increased rates of survival if they are treated at higher-volume hospitals.

March 27, 2017

ASCO's peer-reviewed journals now follow a continuous publication schedule, publishing the newest content from each journal online daily. 

March 21, 2017

QOPI Certification Program LLC (QCP), an affiliate of ASCO that runs the QOPI Certification Program™, and the Foundation for Excellence and Quality in Oncology (ECO), a nonprofit foundation in Spain, have launched an effort to expand the QOPI Certification Program to Spain. Through the collaboration between ECO and QCP, Spanish oncology practices will be able to apply for QOPI Certification.