OHC Earns QOPI Certification…Again
Our highest priority is to deliver high quality care. It’s something a lot of health care practices might say, but at OHC, everything we do centers on our commitment to providing it.
With the recent awarding of the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) recertification, there is no doubt that OHC is recognized as the region’s expert in quality cancer care.
QOPI certification was developed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to help oncology-hematology practices achieve the highest quality of cancer care. Practices who participate in the QOPI certification program are measured and benchmarked against clinical standards and other hematology-oncology practices.
“Participating in a quality initiative demonstrates to patients and referring physicians the high value of care we are committed to providing,” said OHC Director of Nursing Natasha Clinton.
OHC was one of the founding practices to participate in the QOPI program, initiated in 2002. By 2010, OHC became one of the first practices to earn QOPI certification. At that time, OHC was the only practice in the Tri-state (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky) with this distinction. Currently, only 200 practices in the United States are QOPI certified, seven of which are located in Ohio.
OHC is the only QOPI Certified oncology practice within a two-hour radius of Cincinnati.
Fast-paced changes caused by scientific achievements and technology mean quality standards and clinical care may change rapidly. To ensure continuing excellence, the QOPI certification is only awarded for a three-year term. At the end of that term, practices can choose to participate in a recertification process.
In November 2013, surveyors from QOPI visited three OHC offices (Blue Ash, West, and Lawrenceburg). They reviewed policies and procedures, interviewed staff and physician, and observed OHC operations in order to validate that the standards of care are not words on paper, but the way OHC cares for patients every day.
The surveyors used a set of 20 standards — ranging from oral chemotherapy to data privacy — to ensure that quality of care is comprehensive, complete, and demonstrated throughout the entire practice. Each area received a rating, the practice received an overall quality score, and the surveyors completed a report detailing their observations and suggested improvements.
OHC recently received the results of that report.
In summary, the surveyors found OHC to be a high quality oncology practice with consistent policy and procedures being followed.
In particular, OHC’s Oral Chemotherapy Management and Treatment Planning/Treatment Management initiatives were recognized as excellent quality care practices against which other participating practices will be measured.
Earning certification or recertification requires a lot of work, and it doesn’t stop once certification is achieved. Throughout the next three years of our QOPI certification term, we will continue being measured for core standards as well as selected specialty standards…all in an ongoing effort to ensure our achievement of excellence in care, outcomes, satisfaction, and safety for our patients.
ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 30,000 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.