Launched in 2010, the goal of the Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium program is to promote high-quality, effective, and cost-efficient care for cancer patients, facilitated by participation in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®). Quality Oncology Practice Initiative is an oncologist-led, practice-based quality assessment program designed to promote excellence in cancer care by helping practices create a culture of self-examination and improvement. Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium’s approach to improving cancer care includes measurement, feedback, and improvement resources for medical oncology practices and the patients, families, and communities they serve.
MOQC’s current focus centers on addressing palliative care and end of life needs, helping patients who are taking oral oncolytics manage symptoms, and assisting practices offer smoking cessation programs to their patients.
For more information, go to moqc.org.
- Enrolled 70 medical oncology practices, representing 328 oncologists.
- Assisted 16 practices in attaining QOPI certification since the program began.
- Developed an Advanced Care Planning Initiative focused on clarifying patients’ understanding of their illnesses and treatment options; understanding patients’ values, beliefs and goals of care; identifying patients’ wishes; and identifying a substitute decision maker.
- Michigan aggregate performance in two of the six measurement categories, breast and colon/rectal cancers, meet or exceed the 90 percent threshold for aggregate performance established as the performance goal by the Coordinating Center.
- Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium in partnership with the Michigan Cancer Consortium, has dramatically improved tobacco cessation referrals in Michigan with 2,093 cancer referrals made to the Quitline in the first two years. The program provides free nicotine replacement therapy and counseling services to oncology patients.
- Developed an Oral Oncolytics Collaborative, which provides practices and patients with resources in treatment planning, symptom and toxicity monitoring, medication adherence, and financial assistance.
- Created and distributed to participants a palliative care dashboard and a root cause analysis tool to assist in addressing performance gaps. Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium participating practices perform better than the national average on all QOPI palliative care measures except hospice and palliative referrals.