The latest issue of JCO Oncology Practice is focused on quality in oncology care. The issue includes a diverse set of articles covering a wide range of topics, including value in cancer care, increasing equity in care delivery, implementing quality measures, addressing cost and value, and more.
Included in this issue are the recently released Oncology Medical Home (OMH) standards from ASCO and the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), which provide a comprehensive roadmap for oncology practices to deliver high-quality, evidence-based cancer care. These standards establish core elements needed to deliver equitable, high-quality cancer care. In releasing the new standards, ASCO and COA seek to achieve a broad consensus among all stakeholders—including patients, clinicians, payers, purchasers, and employers—on what patients with cancer should expect and receive from their cancer care teams.
In addition to the OMH Standards, this issue contains several articles related to ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®):
- Implementation of the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Program in Spain: First Results and Implications: The first study to evaluate how participation in QOPI affects care in Spain and provides insight to international QOPI participation.
- Quality Care in Survivorship: Lessons Learned From the ASCO Quality Oncology Practice Initiative: Used QOPI data to identify methods of intervention that impact survivorship.
The issue also contains several articles from the upcoming 2021 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, including:
- Associations of Socioeconomic Status and Rurality With New-Onset Cardiovascular Disease in Cancer Survivors: A Population-Based Analysis
- Care Delivery Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Breast Cancer Care
- Effect of Clinical Trial Participation on Costs to Payers in Metastatic Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer
The issue pays tribute to Dr. Joseph Simone, who died earlier this year after a long and distinguished career. Dr. Simone was the founder of ASCO’s QOPI initiative and the founding board chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).