Nationally Recognized Cancer Care
The Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center, which strives to ensure our patients receive the best possible care, has received a prestigious national certification from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization for physicians and Oncology professionals caring for people with cancer. The QOPI® Certification Program (QCP) certifies Hematology/Oncology practices that meet the highest quality criteria for cancer care. With this certification, Kelsey-Seybold joins an elite group of around 300 QOPI-certified practices across the United States, Brazil, Greece, and Spain.
QOPI: the Gold Standard
Considered the gold standard for oncology care, the QOPI aligns with many Joint Commission standards but is Oncology-specific.
Participating practices can report on over 190 evidence-based quality measures and receive individual performance scores aggregated from all participating practices. Each reporting practice uses this performance data to identify, develop, and implement quality improvement initiatives leading to better care and better outcomes for their patients.
Meeting QOPI Certification Standards
QCP awards QOPI Certification to outpatient practices (not individual office sites or physicians). To become certified, practices submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and task force members then verify, through an on-site survey, that core treatment standards are being met, 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 for adherence, toxicity, and complications
- Treatment planning
- Staff training and education
- Chemotherapy orders and drug preparations
- Monitoring and assessment of patient well-being
“Earning QOPI certification was a three-year process,” said Tejash “TJ” Patel, MD, Chief of Hematology/Oncology at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. “During that time, the organization closely studied Kelsey-Seybold’s compliance with nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care. As part of the certification, we participated in a voluntary, comprehensive site assessment, which measured sets of clearly specified cancer treatment standards. The results confirmed that cancer care at Kelsey-Seybold is consistent with national guidelines.”