First Department of Veterans Affairs System Achieves QOPI® Certification

October 17, 2019

The Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program continues to expand its reach, certifying the first system within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Salisbury VA Health Care System, on October 9.

The system, which includes a main facility—the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center—in Salisbury, NC, and two health care centers in Kernersville and Charlotte, NC, respectively, received its three-year certification after completing the program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care.

The QOPI® Certification Program, which began in 2010, offers specialty certification to outpatient oncology practices demonstrating commitment to quality through the QOPI Certification Program, LLC. Each practice completes a comprehensive, voluntary assessment of its site against specified standards that are consistent with national 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 Salisbury VA Health Care System joins the approximately 300 practices currently holding QOPI® Certification.

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.