Updates from the Institute

CMS Launches Preview Period for Physician Compare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched their 30-day preview period for Physician Compare. Physician Compare is the website created by CMS to house publically reported performance scores for clinicians and group practices that provide Medicare services.

ASCO Celebrates National Quality Week and Recognizes its Members Involved in Quality Initiatives

This year, October 16–22, has been designated as National Quality Week, a period dedicated to celebrating the contributions that health care professionals make and their impact on the field. ASCO is using this time to recognize the oncology professionals and members at practices around the nation who are engaged in the various quality and measures initiatives that the Society offers.

ASCO Applauds Quality Payment Program’s Focus on High-Quality, Patient-Centered Care

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for taking a critical step toward transitioning Medicare from volume-based reimbursement to a system that emphasizes high-quality, patient-centered care. In today’s release of the MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP), CMS has demonstrated welcomed flexibility and choices for clinicians.

New JGO Article Outlines How QOPI® Was Utilized to Improve Physician Training in Brazil

On Sept. 21, the Journal of Global Oncology published the article “Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Can Guide and Improve Oncology Providers’ Training in Brazil,” which outlines a study showing how ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) measures were used to examine the care of patients with breast, colorectal, lymphoma, gynecology, and lung cancers at Brazilian public university hospital.

A Look at the First International QOPI®-Certified Practice in New JGO Article

On Sept. 21, the Journal of Global Oncology published the article “QOPI International, or How to Globalize Quality?” which discusses Hygeia Hospital’s experience using ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) and becoming the first international QOPI-certified practice.

CMS Outlines Plan to Add Flexibility to MACRA Implementation Timeline

A recent blog post by Andrew Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), outlined four options that will allow providers to select the pace at which they implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act in their practices in 2017.