Sylvester Recognized for Outstanding Cancer Care

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine was given a perfect score from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). This program awards a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet their highest standards for quality cancer care.

“To receive this certification, and a perfect score, from the ASCO QOPI program demonstrates our commitment to excellence in everything we do,” said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester. “We are extremely proud of this achievement and our faculty and staff who led us to this goal.”

“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, M.D., 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.”

The QOPI Certification Program was launched in January 2010, with more than 180 practices already certified. This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first of its kind in the United States and 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.

QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares it against 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 other practices across the country. Based on these comparisons, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement.

To become certified, Sylvester first had to submit to an evaluation of its entire practice and documentation standards. The QOPI Certification Program staff and steering group members then performed on-site inspections to verify that the evaluation and documents were accurate and that the practices meet core standards in all areas, including treatment planning, staff training and education, chemotherapy orders and drug preparation, patient consent and education, safe chemotherapy administration, and monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

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