ASCO is seeking to team with an oncology practice group in Brazil to host a new workshop that would provide an overview of the Society’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) and QOPI® Certification Program. Mission Endowment funding from Conquer Cancer, The ASCO Foundation, would cover the majority of the expenses for the course, including air travel expenses for the faculty and ASCO staff. In turn, the hosting site would pay only for the faculty and staff’s expenses on the ground.
The goal is to provide an in-person, one-day training workshop to practices in Brazil to increase their understanding of QOPI and the QOPI Certification process and how to participate in both. The workshop would cover topics that include how to:
- Abstract data from patient charts in the QOPI portal based on selected QOPI modules/tracks
- Apply for QOPI Certification and what that process entails
- Sustain quality improvement changes long-term.
The workshop also will feature a guest lecture—an ASCO physician member from a QOPI Certified practice—who will speak about the value of participating in QOPI and becoming QOPI Certified for their practice and how to maintain long-term quality improvement changes.
The course will be presented in English, and PowerPoint slides will be translated into Portuguese by the host organization.
This workshop would expand the recent interest in ASCO’s Quality Program offerings, including a growing number of Brazilian practices that are currently reporting data through QOPI. As of March 2019, three practices in Brazil have obtained QOPI Certification: Instituto de Oncologia do Vale (IOV) in São José dos Campos, Clinica AMO in Salvador, and Acreditar Oncology in Brasilia. Additionally, in July 2018, ASCO held Quality Training Program workshops in Salvador, Brazil, that were aimed at helping physician-led oncology teams to design, implement, and lead successful quality improvement activities in their practice settings. ASCO would like to continue expanding the number of practices participating in all three programs and therefore extend their reach and impact on providing quality oncology care to patients with cancer in Brazil.
Following the conclusion of the workshop, a member of the QTP staff will check in with the participants virtually to determine how they are progressing, assist with any challenges, and answer any questions.
QOPI® is a quality program designed for outpatient-oncology practices to foster a culture of self-examination and improvement. It is an ASCO member benefit available at no charge to oncology practices with at least one active ASCO member. Participating practices can report on more than 190 evidence-based quality measures and receive individual performance scores by practice, site, and provider, as well as benchmarked scores aggregated from all participating practices. Practices then use this performance data to identify, develop, and implement quality improvement initiatives leading to better care and better outcomes for their patients.
The QOPI® Certification Program, which began in 2010, offers specialty certification to outpatient oncology practices demonstrating commitment to quality. Currently, more than 300 practices are actively QOPI® Certified. Each practice completes a comprehensive, voluntary assessment of its site against specified standards that are consistent with United States guidelines. Those practices that earn QOPI® Certification designation have scored well on key QOPI® quality measures and have met chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society in areas that include:
- 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.
The QOPI® and the QOPI® Certification Program are projects dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit: https://practice.asco.org/quality-improvement/quality-programs/qopi-certification-program.
For more information, contact the Global Quality staff.