Stavros Niarchos Foundation Grant for Rural and Urban Practice Participation in QOPI and QTP

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Grant for Participation in Quality Programs at Rural or Urban Practices

ASCO has received new grant funding worth more than $600,000 from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for 10 practices to participate in ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) and Quality Training Program (QTP) offerings for a three-year period. To be eligible, the practices must be located in rural or urban areas and primarily treat underserved populations. The grant, “Improving the Delivery of Cancer Care in Medically Underserved Communities,” aims to improve the ability of practices in medically underserved 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.

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.

During the program, ASCO will help practices to:

  • Assess their quality of care, specific quality improvement goals, and challenges/barriers to providing high quality care
  • Implement a quality program based on the findings of the assessment
  • Evaluate the intervention’s impact on participants’ ability to achieve individual quality improvement goals, participants’ satisfaction with the intervention, and program outcomes.

The deadline for submitting an application is September 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (ET).


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.


The QTP six-month course brings cancer care teams together to select, design, and implement a quality improvement project at their respective practices, and they work with support and guidance from experienced improvement coaches. Browse through a library of past projects from participants who have completed the program.

The QTP one-day workshops introduce participants to tools and frameworks that are used in quality improvement and teach attendees to effectively lead or participate in improvement activities. The goal is to give oncology providers skills and a sense of empowerment to tackle quality improvement projects that will help reduce clinical variation and improve patient outcomes.



Applicants must be from at a practice that meets the following criteria:

  • Has at least one active ASCO member
  • Located in the U.S. in a rural or urban area
  • Primarily sees patients from an underserved population.

Program Requirements

Participating practices are required to:

  • Assemble a core qualified team (four members) to lead the quality improvement efforts and 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 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
  • Select and lead a quality improvement project at their clinical site during the program; a successful project will require at least two hours per week, including regular project team meetings and one to two webinars per month 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 project sponsors/institutional leadership semi-annually to advise of progress
  • Assist in organizing a QTP one-day workshop at the practice site.


Application Instructions

All applications must be completed via the Survey Monkey form linked below and submitted by clicking the “Done” button at the end for the form.


Applications are due September 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.