Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (LH/UHSCC), located in Mentor, Ohio, has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program certifies oncology practices that meet the highest quality standards for cancer care. The LH/UHSCC medical oncologists who achieved this designation are: Maria Espinosa, MD; Joel Saltzman, MD; and Willem van Heeckeren, MD.
"We're extremely proud to receive this certification from ASCO and QOPI which underscores our commitment to bringing this level of quality cancer care to our patients," said Julie A. Moran, Executive Director of the Lake Health/ University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.
The Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, a joint venture between Lake Health and the Seidman Cancer Center of University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University, offers a unique approach to cancer care. The center offers medical and radiation oncologists; chemotherapy services in a peaceful, healing environment; on-site radiation therapy and access to clinical trial studies and valuable support services.
"Cancer patients and their families should expect nothing less than accountability and the highest standards from their cancer care providers, " said Allen S. Lichter, MD, CEO of ASCO and president of the QOPI Certification Program. "QOPI participation reflects a commitment to quality of care that leads to fundamental changes in the clinical practice of oncology. Oncology practices that commit to quality and safety are those that provide the most optimal cancer care. The certification program helps practices determine whether they are providing the best treatment and care possible to their patients and demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement in the hematology-oncology outpatient practice. "
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 700 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program.
The QOPI Certification Program (QCP) was launched in January 2010. This certification for
outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States. Oncologists can achieve certification by demonstrating practice consistent with the highest standards of care. The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored high on the key QOPI quality measures, but meet rigorous safety measures established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center is the second certified practice in Ohio and one of 96 nationally who have received certification.
QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 100 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 that the
evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in all areas of
- 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
The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet standards for quality cancer care.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With nearly 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.Cancer.Net.