As efforts to provide familial risk management services expand, ASCO will continue to meet the demand for measures of quality in care delivery.
ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®)
QOPI is an oncologist-led, practice-based quality improvement program. The program’s goal is to promote excellence in cancer care by helping practices create a culture of self-examination and improvement. The process employed for improving cancer care includes measurement, feedback, and improvement tools for hematology-oncology practices.
Currently, QOPI includes measures focused on genetic testing in breast and colon cancer patients only. However, additional measures will be developed to help increase quality in this area of care delivery. Learn more about QOPI.
For More Information
- Quality of Cancer Family History and Referral for Genetic Counseling and Testing among Oncology Practices: A pilot testing of quality measures as part of the ASCO Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®), Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO)
Commission on Cancer Accreditation Standards
In January 2014, the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer released the Cancer Program Standards 2012 Version 1.2.1: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care. The report outlines the standards focusing on patient-centered needs and brings an additional focus to quality of care and outcomes. Read the entire report.
Risk Assessment and Genetic Counseling are covered in Standard 2.3. To achieve or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Cancer, cancer programs are required to provide cancer risk assessment as well as genetic counseling and testing, on-site or by referral, by a qualified genetics professional.