Newswise — MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, known for inspiring hope through extraordinary care in Central Florida has now received a prestigious national certification from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program (QCP) certifies oncology practices that meet the highest quality standards for cancer care.
With this certification, MD Anderson – Orlando joins an elite group of top ranking cancer hospitals around the nation. To become certified, MD Anderson – Orlando submitted to an evaluation of its entire clinical practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verified through on-site inspection that the evaluation and documents were correct and that MD Anderson – Orlando’s clinical practices met core standards in all areas of treatment that affect patient care and safety including:
• 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.
MD Anderson – Orlando’s certification is valid for three years.
“This certification is a significant achievement for our outpatient oncology clinics,” said Mark Roh, MD, President, MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando. “We strive for excellence everyday as we work one-on-one with our patients as they face their cancer diagnosis. I am very proud of our oncologists and staff for this national recognition, which shines a bright light on the exceptional cancer care we provide to our patients.”
QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients. Through the QOPI program, practices abstract data from patients’ records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. More than 800 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program.
The QOPI Certification Program (QCP) was launched in January 2010, and more than 150 practices are currently certified. This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States. Oncologists can achieve certification by demonstrating practice consistent with the highest standards of care. The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored high on the key QOPI quality measures, but meet rigorous safety measures established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).