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PAMF Recertified for Cancer Care from ASCO and QOPI

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“Quality and safety for our patients is and always will be our prime focus,” said Paula Reed, R.N., director of oncology and infusion services at PAMF. “The cancer care physicians and staff are committed to continuous quality improvement. We’re very proud of this recertification from ASCO and QOPI.”

PAMF first achieved QOPI certification in January 2011 – and was one of the first oncology practices in the nation to be recognized by the certification program, which was launched in January 2010. In applying for recertification, PAMF had to re-apply for certification and meet its requirements, which includes onsite review.

“Practices that choose to apply for recertification through QOPI demonstrate their continued commitment to the pursuit of clinical care excellence,” said ASCO President Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP. “The QOPI Certification Program helps such practices assess the level of care they provide to their patients and demonstrates their commitment to maintaining quality and lifelong learning.”

This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States. Oncologists can achieve certification by meeting 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 chemotherapy safety  standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

“ASCO believes that health care providers for cancer patients, which include doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health professionals, best understand what high quality cancer care is and how to define and measure it,” said Peter P. Yu, M.D., director of cancer research at PAMF, and President-Elect of ASCO. “QOPI quality measures are designed by ASCO’s Quality of Care Committee and reflect the consensus opinion of oncologists across the United States.  As quality measurement and improvement increasingly becomes a national priority for health care reform, programs such as QOPI allow specialists to be measured against quality indicators that are most relevant to their specialty and their patients.”

About QOPI Certification

QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 160 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 through on-site inspection that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in areas of treatment, including:

  • 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 is a project of ASCO’s Institute for Quality, an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit: http://qopi.asco.org/certification.html.

About the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) for Health Care, Research and Education, is part of the Sutter Health network of care. Founded in 1930, PAMF is a not-for-profit health care organization that is a pioneer in the multispecialty group practice of medicine, health innovation and patient-centered care. PAMF’s more than 1,200 affiliated physicians and 5,400 employees serve nearly 850,000 patients at its medical centers and clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is part of Sutter Health’s Peninsula Coastal Region, which also includes Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center and Menlo Park Surgical Hospital. For more information about the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, please visit the PAMF website and blog, follow us on Twitter, and join us on Facebook and Google+. To learn about PAMF’s Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, visit the PAMF Innovation Center website.

About ASCO

Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With nearly 35,000 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. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.cancer.net.