Susan G. Komen® Funding for Participation in Quality Programs at Urban Practices With High Proportions of African-American Patients With Breast Cancer
ASCO has received a new contract from Susan G. Komen® for ten practices in 11 specific U.S. urban centers with high proportions of African-American patients with breast cancer to participate in ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®), QOPI® Certification, and Quality Training Program (QTP) for a three-year period.
To be eligible for this “Bringing Quality Care Training to Komen’s African-American Health Equity Initiative,” the practices must be located in one of the following metropolitan areas:
- Dallas/Fort Worth
- Los Angeles/Long Beach
- Memphis, Tennessee
- St. Louis
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Washington, D.C.
The goal of this funding is to improve the delivery of cancer care in medically underserved communities by improving the ability of practices serving these communities to engage in quality improvement. To achieve this goal, each participating practice will engage in an individualized, structured quality improvement program.
The program will include each practice’s participation in abstracting chart data in QOPI®, following training sessions on the process. QOPI® is ASCO’s quality assessment program that has helped more than 1,000 practices to date conduct self-examination and identify specific areas for quality improvement. Participating practices can report on more than 170 evidence-based quality measures through the easy-to-use collection tool and receive individual performance scores by practice, site, and provider, as well as benchmarked scores aggregated from all participating practices. The data and results then can be used to inform future quality improvement projects and initiatives.
Once the practice meets or exceeds a benchmark QOPI® score on measures that compared the quality of their care against national standards, they can take the next step of applying for QOPI Certification. This entails undergoing an on-site review and peer review by a select team of oncology professionals to evaluate its performance in areas that affect patient care and safety, including:
- Qualifications of practice staff
- Chart documentation
- Chemotherapy preparation and administration
- Patient monitoring and assessment
- Preparedness for emergency situations.
Next, each practice will participate in ASCO’s six-month QTP course, which is comprised of three in-person sessions that include seminars, case examples, and small-group exercises, as well as on-site work at the practice and virtual meetings with ASCO staff and improvement coaches.
Finally, each practice will host a QTP one-day workshop to help incorporate the principals of quality improvement in their respective institutions.
The deadline for submitting an application is October 30, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (ET).
Applicants must be from at a practice that meets the following criteria:
- Has at least one active ASCO member
- Located in one of the 11 metropolitan areas listed above
- Treats a high proportion of African-American patients with breast cancer.
Participating practices are required to:
- Assemble a core qualified team (four members) to lead the quality improvement efforts
- Attend the three in-person QTP meetings over a six-month period
- Have at least one team member that is a physician and ASCO member; others may be clinical or administrative staff or a patient, caregiver, and/or advocate representative
- Devote 8–10 hours of preparatory time before the first QTP session, including required reading
- Attend and actively participate in all in-person education sessions
- Choose and lead a quality improvement project related to breast cancer services at their clinical site during the program (a successful project will require at least two hours per week, including regular project team meetings and monthly webinars with coaches)
- Assemble a team of abstractors for QOPI® quality measurement abstraction (may be different than the core team, such as a registrar, fellows, or nurses)
- Have the abstraction team devote, over a six-month period, approximately one hour per chart, with a minimum of 30 charts
- Meet with their project sponsors/institutional leadership semi-annually to advise of progress
- Assist in organizing a QTP one-day workshop at the practice site
- Participate in comprehensive practice site assessment visits for evaluation and gap analysis of quality, safety, and effective patient care delivery, in particular to patients receiving chemotherapy treatment regimens
- Address practice site assessment visits identified opportunities for continual improvement based on a standardized Clinical Care Delivery Assessment tool and 2016 ASCO/Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards
- Commit to continual improvement in care of patients receiving chemotherapy treatment regimens for readiness in fully implementing the 2016 ASCO/ONS Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards.
All applications must be completed via the SurveyMonkey form, “Bringing Quality Care Training to Komen’s African-American Health Equity Initiative 2019 Application” here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9H68YGQ
Applications are due October 30, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (ET).