Applications are now open for grant funding for 10 oncology practices in rural or urban centers in the U.S. that primarily treat underserved populations to participate in ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) and Quality Training Program (QTP) offerings for a three-year period. The generous grant for more than $600,000 has been provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and it will fund each practice’s training and participation. The grant, “Improving the Delivery of Cancer Care in Medically Underserved Communities,” will be administered through Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation. The application period closes on September 15.
Each of the 10 practices selected would begin abstracting chart data in QOPI®, following training sessions on how to do this. QOPI® is ASCO’s quality assessment program that has helped more than 1,000 practices to date conduct self-examination and identify specific areas for quality improvement. Participating practices can report on more than 170 evidence-based quality measures through the easy-to-use collection tool and receive individual performance scores by practice, site, and provider, as well as benchmarked scores aggregated from all participating practices. The data and results then can be used to inform future quality improvement projects and initiatives.
Next, each practice would participate in ASCO’s six-month QTP course, which is comprised of three in-person sessions that include seminars, case examples, and small-group exercises, as well as on-site work at the practice and virtual meetings with ASCO staff and improvement coaches. The QTP brings cancer care teams together to select, design, and implement a quality improvement project at their respective practices, and they work with support and guidance from experienced improvement coaches. More than 100 teams have completed the program to date, and there is a library of past projects from participants who have completed the program.
Finally, each practice will host a QTP one-day workshop to help incorporate the principals of quality improvement in their respective institutions. These workshops introduce participants to tools and frameworks that are used in quality improvement and teach attendees to effectively lead or participate in improvement activities. The goal is to give oncology providers skills and a sense of empowerment to tackle quality improvement projects that will help reduce clinical variation and improve patient outcomes.
During the last months of the grant period, practices will continue their quality improvement and QOPI® reporting work with coaching from ASCO while they complete independent projects and participate in a learning collaborative.
Practices that participate in the QOPI® and QTP are eligible for various continuing education credits. For more information, please contact the QTP team.
Complete an application today. Applications are due September 15.