Press Release: LCC Receives Recognition from Cancer Care from Largest Oncology Society in US

Lafayette Cancer Care Receives Recognition for Cancer Care from Largest Oncology Society in United States

(Lafayette, IN) – Lafayette Cancer Care has been recognized by the QOPI Certification Program (QCP™), an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), as successfully completing a three-year certification program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care. QCP builds on ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®).

“We’re extremely proud and honored to receive this certification from the QOPI Certification Program which underscores our commitment to excellence for our patients,” said Nancy DiMartino, MD. Our mission is to provide the best cancer care by understanding the individual needs of each patient and work as a team to deliver compassionate, comprehensive care.

In applying for Certification, Lafayette Cancer Care participated in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines and was successful in meeting the standards and objectives of QCP.

“By providing information, quality assessment measures, and resources, QOPI helps oncology practices evaluate the quality of the care they provide to patients and engage in ongoing quality improvement,” said ASCO President Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO. “Achieving QOPI certification demonstrates a practice’s commitment to quality and safety excellence in the care they deliver to 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 900 oncology practices have registered for the QOPI program.

The QOPI Certification Program was launched in January 2010, and more than 250 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 participating in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines. The QCP seal designates those practices that successfully met the standards and objectives of the QOPI Certification Program, which includes scoring above the threshold on the key QOPI quality measures and meeting chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

MORE ABOUT QOPI
QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 160 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices. Individual practices are also able to compare their performance to data from other practices across the country. Based on this feedback, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement.

To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify through on-site inspection that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in areas of treatment, 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.

QOPI and the QCP are projects dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit: http://www.instituteforquality.org/qopi-qcp.


About ASCO:

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 QOPI Certification Program, LLC
QOPI Certification Program, LLC is an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs for ASCO members and their patients and is committed to providing oncologists with the necessary resources to provide every patient with high-level cancer care.

About Lafayette Cancer Care:
Lafayette Cancer Care, a Unity Healthcare Partner, is located at 1345 Unity Place, Suite 135 in the Unity Medical Pavilion in Lafayette, IN. To schedule an appointment, please call 765-446-5050. For more information, please visit www.lafayettecancercare.com.