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What is Quality?

Learn about what Quality encompasses, the history of quality in healthcare, and more!

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Quality Training

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Quality Tools

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The Quality Oversight Committee will aid quality and value-based initiatives, and identify, provide guidance, and promote quality-based oncology and pharmacy opportunities, including education and training, to the organization.

The Quality Oversight Committee aims to complete the following scope of work:

  • Maintain and update resources and learning opportunities for membership focused on value and quality-based patient care
  • Work with HOPA staff to develop an evolving marketing strategy to emphasize/highlight HOPA’s work within quality
  • Identify ways to incorporate healthcare quality and value within HOPA’s current and future strategic initiatives
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Summary of HOPA's Quality Projects

Awarded at the Annual Conference each year, the Quality Research Certificate celebrates exemplary research focused on quality care in oncology. Up to five certificate winners are chosen from the Trainee, Late-Breaking, and Completed Research Abstracts that are submitted to the Conference. The winning abstracts are also highlighted in a HOPA News column following the Conference.

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The Quality Oversight Committee is responsible for writing an article in each edition of HOPA News. Previous articles include:

  • “Pharmacists’ Influence on Immunization in Cancer Patients: Increasing Vaccination Rates and Reducing Mortality from Preventable Diseases” – Heidi Finnes, PharmD, BCOP – Volume 17 | Issue 1
  • “Pharmacy Telehealth Services – Efficient and Safe Quality Care Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic” – Michelle Azar – Volume 17 | Issue 4
  • “Pharmacist Impact on Reducing Medication Costs for Patients and Decreasing Medication Waste: Implemention and Expansion of the South Dakota Drug Repository Pilot Program” – Amanda Kuhn, PharmD; Rachel Elsey, PharmD, BCOP; Robin Lockhorst, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP; Matthew Toennies, PharmD, CSP – Volume 18 | Issue 2
  • “Quality Measures: Q&A with Pharmacy Quality Alliance” – Ann Schwemm, PharmD, BCOP, MPH; Ben Shirley, CPHQ – Volume 19 | Issue 2

The Committee brings quality improvement education to HOPA members and other hematology/oncology pharmacists during HOPA’s Annual Conference. Past Annual Conference Sessions include:

  • AC22: Quality Improvement 101: What Oncology Pharmacists Need to Know
    • Presented By: Amy Morris, PharmD
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Recognize quality and quality improvement (QI) as it relates to healthcare
      • Describe practical tools necessary to design and implement quality improvement initiatives
      • Summarize strategies to overcome barriers throughout the quality improvement process
      • Discuss resources which are gold standards for quality improvement
  • AC23: Navigating the Sea of Quality Improvement: How to Chart Your Course Towards Successful Residency Projects – A Panel Discussion
    • Presented By: Kathy DeGregory, PharmD, BCOP; Hiba Alzouby, PharmD; Gayle Blouin, PharmD, BCOP; Yun Man, PharmD, BCOP
    • Learning Objectives:
      • Define quality improvement (QI) in healthcare
      • Outline QI models and tools
      • Compare and contrast QI from research
      • Identify strategies for incorporating QI methods and tools into oncology residency quality improvement projects (QIP)

Since 2019, HOPA has partnered with ASCO QTP to offer four One-Day Workshops that cover the basics of QI work through a pharmacy-specific lens. Committee members served as breakout room leaders during the three virtual workshops.

In 2022, HOPA collaborated with ASCO QTP and the Oral Chemotherapy Collaborative (OCC) to launch the first-ever joint 6-Month Program. Ten pharmacist-led teams developed and executed a QI project at their individual institutions, all focused on oral chemotherapy.