Use the resources here to help you and your practice team take a proactive approach to QI.

What Are Quality Initiatives?

Oncology practices across the country are recognizing the importance of developing and continually improving quality care.1,2 Quality Initiatives are an essential component for maintaining accreditation from organizations such as URAC®,* ACHC, ASCO, and  The Joint Commission.

Patients with MPNs are a population that may benefit from disease-specific quality programs. MPN Quality Initiatives are focused on the goal of helping to improve patient care. A successful Quality Initiative begins with proper planning through gathering the data about your target patient population and partnering with the other members of the practice team for implementation. Tracking the progress of the quality initiative can demonstrate areas for improvement, as well as identify success stories to share.

*Prior to 1996, URAC® was known as Utilization Review Accreditation Commission.

  • Tracking symptoms (MPN-SAF TSS/MPN-10)
  • Monitoring lab values and blood counts
  • Assessing the spleen
  • Optimizing dosing
   

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Quality Initiatives in Practice

These are just some of the practices that have successfully implemented Quality Initiatives in MPNs. They’ve identified opportunities and taken definitive steps to improve the delivery of care for patients.

Cancer & Blood Specialists of Louisville

Louisville, KY
Polycythemia Vera Quality Initiative

Pontchartrain Cancer Center

Covington, LA
Polycythemia Vera Quality Initiative

Tips for Implementing Quality Initiatives in MPNs

These resources provide background, implementation insights and executional assistance to successfully introduce Quality Initiatives into your practice workflow.
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Implementing a Quality Initiative for Patients With Polycythemia Vera (PV)
Neal Dave, PharmD at Texas Oncology, describes the steps his team uses to work with patients and medical personnel with the goal of helping to improve patient outcomes. Explore a multidisciplinary approach that pharmacists can take to implement a quality initiative for patients with PV.
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PV Quality Initiative in Action Video
Healthcare professionals from the Pontchartrain Cancer Center in Southeast Louisiana explain how their practice implemented a quality initiative for patients with PV. This includes how they identified opportunities for improvement, created a workflow, and the modifications they made to their protocols as a result of the initiative.
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Implementing a Quality Intervention for Advanced PV

Use this downloadable brochure as a resource when implementing a quality intervention for PV.

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PV Quality Initiative in Action Edutorial

Even small workflow refinements can provide value for PV patients. See the steps the Pontchartrain Cancer Center took to implement their quality initiative and the real world impact it had.

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