Americas Oncologia of Rio de Janeiro and Hospital Paulistano of São Paolo have become the fourth and fifth practices, respectively, in Brazil to receive Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification through QOPI® Certification Program, LLC, bringing the total number of international practices to receive this accreditation to 13.
The practices both received their three-year certifications on May 30, after completing the program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care. The Certification certificates and plaques were present at a June 2 reception at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting. Spanish practice Hospital Universitario Central De Asturias, which achieved Certification last month, also was recognized at the reception.
The QOPI Certification Program™, which began in 2010, offers specialty certification to outpatient oncology practices demonstrating commitment to quality. 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.
Currently, nearly 300 practices are actively QOPI® Certified. View the names and locations of these practices.