Wheeling Hospital Earns QOPI Recertification
September 6, 2019
WHEELING, WV – Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center-Medical Oncology has received three-year reaccreditation by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program.
QOPI is an affiliate of the prestigious American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and this certification is presented to outpatient hematology-oncology and medical practices demonstrating the highest standards for quality cancer care.
“We’re very proud of our Schiffler Cancer Center’s medical oncology for this re-certification from ASCO and QCP, which emphasizes our commitment to providing high-quality care for our patients,” said Wheeling Hospital CEO Douglass Harrison.
Wheeling Hospital first achieved certification in July 2016. In applying for re-certification, the hospital 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 the QOPI® Certification Program.
Key point personnel on the recertification process were Amie Matyas, manager of Schiffler Medical Oncology; Dawn Homol, Oncology Infusion specialist; and Brent Fullerton, Quality Management data analyst. Also involved in the internal audit was Pharmacy.
“ASCO’s QOPI® Certification is voluntary, so a practice that undertakes this process is demonstrating its commitment to providing patients with high quality care,” said ASCO President Dr. Howard A. “Skip” Burris III. “A practice that achieves certification has evaluated its processes, benchmarked its performance against other top-performing practices, and can be confident in its dedication to quality and safety excellence, as well as continues quality improvement.”
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 QOPI®, practices abstract data from patients’ records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. More than 750 oncology practices have registered for QOPI®.
The QOPI® Certification Program was launched in January 2010, and nearly 300 practices are currently certified. This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the U.S., and in 2016 the program was expanded internationally. The QOPI® Certification Program seal designates those practices that not only scored above the threshold on the key QOPI® quality measures, but met chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society.
To become QOPI® Certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QOPI® Certification Program staff and task force members then verify through an on-site survey that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in areas of treatment, including:
• Creating a safe environment—staffing, competencies, and general policy.
• Treatment planning, patient consent and education.
• Ordering, preparing, dispensing and administering chemotherapy.
• Monitoring after chemotherapy is administered, including adherence, toxicity and complications.
• 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.
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