QOPI Certification Program recognizes nation’s leading cancer institutions dedicated to highest quality care

MEMPHIS, TENN., October 12, 2016 – West Cancer Center has received reaccreditation by the QOPI Certification Program (QCP™), an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). QCP builds on ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) and provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality care.


“This recertification from ASCO and QCP is reflective of our organization’s collective commitment to delivering the highest quality cancer care for our patients,” said Erich Mounce, CEO of West Cancer Center. “At West Cancer Center, it is of paramount importance to us that we deliver not only the best possible care to our patients, but also the safest. The rigorous standards prescribed by the QOPI Certification Program hold us to the highest excellence for cancer institutions across the country, and we are excited to be recognized for recertification.”

West Cancer Center first achieved certification in 2010 and was one of the first sixteen practices nationwide to receive this certification. In applying for recertification, West Cancer Center participated in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines and was successful in meeting the standards and objectives of QCP.

“ASCO’s QOPI certification recognizes those oncology practices that are committed to delivering the highest quality of cancer care,” said ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO. “By achieving recertification, these practices have demonstrated their commitment to quality and safety excellence in the care they deliver to patients, as well as to the continuous process of quality improvement.”

QOPI is a voluntary self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology 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 900 oncology practices have registered for the QOPI program.

The QCP was launched in January 2010, with more than 250 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 participating in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines. The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored above the threshold on the key QOPI quality measures, but met chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

QOPI and the QCP are projects dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit: http://www.instituteforquality.org/qopi-qcp.

For a full list of West Cancer Center accreditations and memberships, visit http://westcancercenter.org/about/accreditations-and-memberships-/.

About West Cancer Center

West Cancer Center provides the most comprehensive cancer treatment in the Mid-South, delivering a complete continuum of care to more than 30,000 patients each year. A true leader in cancer research, West Cancer Center has a longstanding commitment to providing patients access to clinical trials, including Phase I through Phase III studies. Building on the almost 40-year legacy of West Clinic, West Cancer Center continues to provide comprehensive, compassionate care to the Mid-South region. This commitment is strengthened through a robust partnership with Methodist Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In 2014, West Cancer Center established the University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research, a not-for-profit public charity dedicated to the research and development of novel cancer treatments and therapies, and patient education, care and support.

To learn more about West Cancer Center, visit www.westcancercenter.org.

About ASCO

Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at www.ASCO.org, explore patient education resources at www.Cancer.Net, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

About QOPI Certification Program LLC 

QOPI Certification Program LLC is an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs for ASCO members and their patients and is committed to providing oncologists with the necessary resources to provide every patient with high-level cancer care.