TULSA, OK – Tulsa Cancer Institute (TCI) has achieved certification from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program, a voluntary quality care assessment established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care. TCI is one of only two facilities in the state of Oklahoma to receive Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) certification.
“Our physicians and staff share a strong commitment to providing high quality care for all our cancer patients,“ said Dr. Daron Street, president of Tulsa Cancer Institute. “Our certification through QOPI is a clear demonstration of our continuing commitment to that goal.”
ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) is an oncologist-led, practice-based quality assessment and improvement program. QOPI’s goal is to promote excellence in cancer care by helping hematology-oncology practices create a culture of self-examination and improvement.
To obtain certification, facilities must undergo a comprehensive evaluation of their entire practice. This includes an on-site inspection and documentation assessment. The evaluation also verifies that practices meet core standards that are consistent with national guidelines in the following areas of patient care:
- 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
QOPI also collects and analyzes data from certified practices, and compares the data using more than 160 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided to participating practices, which can compare their performance to data from across the country to help identify potential areas for continued quality improvement.
The certification recognizes Tulsa Cancer Institute’s dedication to complying with the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.
“QOPI provides oncology practices with the information needed to evaluate and continually improve the quality of care they provide for patients,” said ASCO President Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO. “Since its start in 2010, The QOPI Certification Program allows practices to maintain their commitment to excellence by providing high quality care for patients with cancer.”
The QOPI Certification Program (QCP) is a project of ASCO’s Institute for Quality, an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit: http://qopi.asco.org/certification.html.
For more information about Tulsa Cancer Institute or to schedule an appointment, visit ocsri.org or call 800-556-6056.
About Tulsa Cancer Institute:
Tulsa Cancer Institute, founded in 1972, has the largest team of cancer experts in Oklahoma with over 20 cancer specialists and more than 100 nurses and associates. Tulsa Cancer Institute provides complete cancer treatment and care including: radiation, chemotherapy, clinical trials, in-house lab and on-site pharmacy. Tulsa Cancer Institute also has cancer treatment centers in Bartlesville, McAlester and Stillwater. To find out more please visit www.ocsri.org or www.facebook.com/tulsacancerinstitute.
Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 35,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.cancer.net.
About ASCO Institute for Quality, LLC:
The ASCO Institute for Quality is an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs for ASCO members and their patients. Committed to providing oncologists with the necessary resources to provide every patient with high-level cancer care, the Institute carries out ASCO’s clinical quality improvement programs. The Institute is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASCO.