About

ASCO continues to lead the charge for quality in oncology for more than decade.  In 2002, with a small group of dedicated oncology professionals, ASCO piloted the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®), one of the first outpatient practice-based programs designed to foster a culture of self-examination and improvement in oncology. The program was conceptualized, developed, and is guided today by world-renowned practicing oncologists, nurses, health service researchers, and quality experts. 

  • The robust library of quality measures offered in QOPI were created and adapted from, clinical guidelines and established measures, such as the National Initiative on Cancer Care Quality (NICCQ), ASCO/NCCN Quality Measures, and ASTRO/ASCO/AMA PCPI Oncology Measures. 
  • Today QOPI provides the necessary tools for oncology practices to routinely and reliably assess care, demonstrate quality, and information to improve the care they deliver to their patients with cancer. Practices must register to participate in the QOPI program.
  • New practices can register for QOPI at any time, but should register at least one month prior to the start of a collection round to receive e-mail notifications regarding training and materials for the round.
  • QOPI is an ASCO member benefit available to oncology practices located in the United States, US territories, and several countries outside of the US, including the European Union (Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Portugal, Romania, and Spain), Argentina, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and Saudi Arabia. 
  • Each practice must designate a Corresponding Physician (An ASCO member in good standing) and a QOPI Administrator to oversee participation. 
  • There is no charge to register or participate in QOPI; participating sites bear the internal costs of staff time for training and data  abstraction and submission. 
  • Collection rounds are offered twice per year, in spring and fall, for an eight week period. 

Want to learn more? View the Program Details Presentation.

Certification Eligibility

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The QOPI® Certification Program (QCP™) recognizes medical oncology and hematology/oncology practices that are committed to delivering the highest quality cancer care. QCP evaluates an individual practice’s performance in areas that affect patient care and safety.

The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices. QCP validates processes that demonstrate to patients, payers, and the medical community, a practice’s commitment to quality. Learn more by reading all information found on the Certification Eligibility page. 

American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Practice Improvement

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Over the past year the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has engaged with ASCO and other stakeholders to listen to the concerns of physicians and redesign their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. We have advocated for reform and the ABIM is responding.  The following changes have already been approved by the ABIM: If you are dual boarded (for example, internal medicine and medical oncology) by one or more of the other American Board of Medical Specialties member boards, the need to maintain the underlying certificate for the primary specialty has been eliminated; and all ACCME accredited providers developing CME activities may now also offer MOC points for these activities. Learn more on the ABIM’s Practice Improvement page.

Health Plan Program

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Engage in ongoing quality assessment and improvement activities and Demonstrating quality care to external stakeholders including payers and the government.  To assist ASCO members in providing verification of QOPI participation and/or achievement of QOPI Certification, ASCO offers the  QOPI Health Plan Program in collaboration with a number of health plans nationwide. Learn more on the Health Plan Program page. 

PQRS Reporting

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The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is a voluntary quality reporting program to engage providers in quality assessment, reporting and improvement.  Beginning in 2015, eligible professionals (EPs) who do not satisfactorily report data on quality measures for covered professional services will be subject to a payment adjustment in 2017.  QOPI has been approved by CMS as a standard registry for reporting the oncology measure group measures for 2016 reporting.  Learn more on the PQRS Reporting page. 

Fellowship Program Participation

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QOPI provides a standard methodology and collection tool to facilitate fellow engagement in quality assessment activities.  QOPI participation can be integrated into fellowship program requirements to help meet ACGME Common Program Requirements for Practice Based Learning and Improvement Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

QOPI may help fulfill requirements by allowing fellows to apply  quality indicators, peer of review charts, and practice-based improvement activities based on discoveries during chart review and review of quality reports.

QOPI introduces fellows to quality assessment and performance improvement activities that will be required throughout their career. Learn more on the Fellowship Program Participation page. 

Leadership

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The QOPI Steering Group sets the strategic direction for and guides the implementation of the QOPI program. The Steering Group  members include practicing community and academic oncologists, oncology nurses, health service researchers, many of whom are in QOPI participating and QOPI Certified practices. Learn more on the Leadership page.