Nearly 40 practices have achieved certification through the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program (QCP™) for a second 3-year term. The QOPI Certification Program began certifying practices in 2010 and is now seeing the first wave of practices applying for a second term. More than 95% of practices eligible to apply for recertification have committed to the process, and on-site reviews of previously reviewed practices reveal many of the changes made to achieve the initial certification remain intact.
“Practices that earn recertification through QOPI have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering the highest quality of care,” said ASCO President Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP. “As the QOPI Certification Program continues to reach new milestones, ASCO can ensure that more patients receive treatments that meet the highest national quality standards.”
The QOPI Certification Program assesses the practice’s compliance with certification standards based on the ASCO/Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Standards for Safe Chemotherapy Administration. As part of the certification process, practices submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and QCP Oversight Council and Steering Group members then verify through on-site inspection and peer-review that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in all areas of treatment.
Each certification remains valid for 3 years, at which point the practice must apply for recertification from the QOPI Certification Program.
For a list of certified practices, please visit http://qopi.asco.org/certifiedpractices.htm. ■
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