Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Achieves ASCO QOPI Certification for Excellence in Cancer Care

12.02.2010

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has achieved three-year certification by ASCO QOPI for excellence in cancer care. Sylvester, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, is the only such-designated practice in South Florida and one of only a few academic cancer centers in the country that participate in the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI).

“This distinction recognizes excellence in cancer care based upon careful auditing and data collection related to the type of care we deliver … and on our adherence to evidence-based guidelines as well as adherence to ASCO/ONS safety standards for chemotherapy use,” said Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D., interim director of Sylvester.

The QOPI is a voluntary program developed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to aid oncology practices in self-assessment. Participating practices receive their own results as well as a comparative assessment based on the results of other practices around the country. The QOPI Certification Program provides quality assessment measures, improvement goals, learning opportunities and specific, care-related feedback.

In order to achieve QOPI Certification, the practice must first submit data related to patient care for general measures, and select disease-specific modules such as breast cancer, colorectal cancer, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, symptom/toxicity management as well as end-of-life care.

QOPI then evaluates the data according to the submitted quality indicators, such as “Were anti-nausea drugs given prior to chemotherapy? Did the patient receive a full explanation of chemotherapy? Was chemotherapy given too close to the end of life?” These measures were originally determined by a pilot group of practicing oncologists, and therefore they are very relevant to patient care.

Sylvester’s participation in the QOPI Certification Program ultimately benefits patients.

“First and foremost, it improves patient care and makes care more uniform,” said Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., F.A.C.P., member of the QOPI steering group and medical director of Sylvester at Deerfield Beach. “And secondly, it shows a commitment to continuous quality improvement that is now accepted as evidence of such for the purpose of fellowship training program certification by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical and recertification program of the American Board of Internal Medicine.”

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