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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.
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.
Continuing Education/Maintenance of Certification (CE/MOC) Opportunities
One of the benefits of repeated participation in QOPI is the opportunity to use the assessment to identify where improvements can be made, and implement a plan to put those improvements in place. Starting with projects completed in 2017 that include two consecutive rounds of QOPI participation, practice members can now document their efforts in a new ASCO University® course and be awarded:
- 20 American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Practice Assessment points
- 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 20 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Continuing Education Units
Certificates of Participation are also available by request for all other non-physician members, which may be able to be applied toward re-licensure (dependent on licensing organization). For example, the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificate of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society.
Learn more on the ASCO University Practice Assessment page!
Health Plan Program
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.
Under the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP)—the new reimbursement system that MACRA authorizes—the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) will be replaced with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which also replaces the EHR Incentive Program (“Meaningful Use”). In 2017 CMS is requiring practices to report on only ONE measure to avoid a 4% Medicare reimbursement penalty in 2019.
Similar to QOPI's 2016 PQRS offerings, practices will be able to meet the 2017 MIPS reporting requirements through the QOPI Reporting Registry, ASCO's QCDR (Qualified Clinical Data Registry). Learn more on the Quality Reporting page.
Fellowship Program Participation
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.
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.