McLaren Cancer Institute in Flint gets recognition for quality care

FLINT — The Medical Oncology practice at McLaren Cancer Institute in Flint 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 provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care. McLaren Cancer Institute Flint is the only medical oncology practice in mid Michigan to receive this distinction.

“We are very proud to receive this certification from ASCO and QOPI. Our commitment to quality and excellence for our patients has been paramount in our practice for more than 25 years,” said T. Trevor Singh, MD, FACP, Director of Medical Oncology and Cancer Committee Chair at McLaren Cancer Institute in Flint.

“QOPI is designed by clinical experts in oncology to give practices the ability to continuously improve the quality of care they provide,” said ASCO President Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP. “The QOPI Certification Program helps practices determine whether they are providing the best possible treatment and care to their patients and demonstrates their commitment to excellence and lifelong learning.”

QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematologyoncology 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 850 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program.

The QOPI Certification Program (QCP) was launched in January 2010, with more than 180 practices already certified. 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).

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 meet core standards in all 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. — G.G.

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