How to Participate in QOPI
The Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) is available to all oncology practices with a least one active ASCO member located in the United States, U.S. territories, and several countries outside of the US, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, all countries in the European Union, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, and Saudi Arabia.
Registering Your Practice with the QOPI System
Practices that have never participated in QOPI need to register with the QOPI system.
To register, go to myQOPI and select “New Registration” at the bottom right. You will need the last name and ASCO Member ID of the provider who will be your corresponding physician. This provider will be the main clinical contact for your practice. You will also have the chance to designate an administrative contact.
View a registration tutorial video. (Please note: This video demonstrates system registration for new practices, not QOPI round registration for existing practices.)
Recommended browsers for QOPI are the latest versions of Google Chrome or Firefox.
QOPI Data Abstraction Rounds
QOPI offers two data abstraction rounds per year in which practices select patient charts to report on based on chart selection criteria provided by QOPI. The required number of charts is based on the number of full-time equivalents (FTEs) at your practice. Users report each patient chart takes about 1 hour to abstract.
QOPI Round 1 generally spans the first half of the year, January - June, while QOPI Round 2 generally runs from July - December. Official Round abstraction dates are announced as they are confirmed. Please check the QOPI Dashboard for current dates.
After the Data Abstraction Round
Six to eight weeks after the data abstraction round has closed, QOPI notifies practices that their performance reports are ready in the Dashboard. These reports allow practices to both review their individual performance and compare to their performance scores to the aggregates of all practices who participated.
Participating as a Fellowship Program
Fellowship programs can integrate QOPI participation into fellow activities to facilitate meeting Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Common Program Requirements for Practice Based Learning, Quality Assessment, and Performance Improvement activities, as well as engage fellows in quality assessment, quality reporting, and performance improvement activities that will be required throughout their career. As of 2021, fellowship programs must participate through the QOPI Certification Track.
Participation in QOPI may help to fulfill the following ACGME requirements:
- Review and improve patient care through application of quality indicators.
- Apply current medical knowledge to patient care through selection, discussion and updating quality indicators.
- Use interpersonal and communication skills in peer review discussion.
- Assess and demonstrate professional ethical behavior, through peer review and concern for patients.
- Assess and demonstrate awareness of systems-based practice as manifested by knowledge and development of quality indicators and application of uniform standards.
- Demonstrate practice-based improvement through initial chart review, review of QOPI data, improvement of challenging areas, and follow-up on QOPI® data.
Fellowship programs should participate at least once per year, preferably during QOPI Round 1, if possible. Synchronized program participation during the same collection round provides a more robust fellowship aggregate for performance benchmarking and data upon which to base quality improvement initiatives across programs.
Fellows are required to abstract 10 charts, which allows them to become familiar with the institution’s electronic health records and the data-abstraction process. Important: Fellows should abstract from charts other than their own to facilitate un-biased abstraction.
Fellowship programs participating in QOPI data abstraction will receive quality performance reports that can be compared to the Fellowship Program Aggregate and QOPI National Aggregate scores.
For more information on how participating can benefit Fellowship Programs, please view our Fellowship Participation Guide.