Cancer Care at Bassett

March 12, 2014

The Bassett Cancer Institute at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program (QCP™) provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care.

“Earning certifications such as this recognition from ASCO and QOPI underscores our commitment to utilizing evidence-based practices and benchmarking ourselves in order to assure high quality care,” notes Dr. James Leonardo, chief of Hematology and Oncology. “Undergoing the assessment process is extra work and requires meeting strict standards. I am proud of the cancer care team’s unwavering commitment to our patients and their families who trust us to deliver the best possible care in order to achieve the best possible outcome.”

In applying for certification, the Bassett Cancer Institute participated in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against standards that are consistent with national guidelines and was successful in meeting the standards and objectives of the QOPI Certification Program. Bassett is one of more than 900 oncology practices participating in the QOPI program.

QOPI® analyzes individual practice data related to patient care and compares these to more than 160 evidence-based quality measures. The information is then reported back to participating practices. Based on this feedback, the hematology-oncology practices can identify areas for improvement.

To become certified, practices submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify through on-site inspection that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in areas of treatment, including:

  • treatment planning;
  • staff training and education;
  • chemotherapy orders and drug preparation;
  • patient consent and education;
  • safe chemotherapy administration;
  • monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

“QOPI provides oncology practices with the information needed to evaluate and continually improve the quality of care they provide for patients,” said ASCO President Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO. “Since its start in 2010, the QOPI Certification Program allows practices to maintain their commitment to excellence by providing high quality care for patients with cancer.”

About Bassett Healthcare Network

Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes six corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, 19 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. Bassett Medical Center, the foundation of the network, is a 180-bed acute care inpatient teaching hospital located in Cooperstown, NY. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit Follow Bassett on Facebook and Twitter at and

About QCP and ASCO

The QCP is a project of ASCO’s Institute for Quality, an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit:
Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 35,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds groundbreaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer.

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