FAQs

Is MOQC a Michigan Medicine initiative?

MOQC is not a Michigan Medicine Initiative. MOQC’s Coordinating Center team is physically located at the University of Michigan. This is the result of the Michigan Medicine Rogel Cancer Center initially proposing to establish the oncology collaborative with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). Because of this relationship, MOQC is allowed access to Michigan Medicine’s infrastructure (e.g. space, IT). However, MOQC approaches and interacts with the Michigan Medicine’s Rogel Cancer Center in the same way it approaches and interacts with any MOQC oncology practice.

What is the Coordinating Center?

The Coordinating Center is a small group of people that are paid by BCBSM but who are employed to engage with all oncology practices across the state of Michigan to improve the quality of care. The size and make-up of the team of people is dependent on the needs of the practices that it serves. The team is led by Dr. Jennifer J. Griggs, a medical oncologist, and Dr. Shitanshu Uppal, a gynecologic oncologist. MOQC is also supported full time by a program manager, Louise Bedard, who is a nurse with over thirty years of healthcare experience. You can find the rest of the team on our website at the Coordinating Center Team page.

Who makes the decisions regarding MOQC?

Dr. Jennifer Griggs and Louise Bedard manage the day-to-day functions of MOQC. However, strategic and operational decisions that set direction, deploy resources, or require the review of quality data to set the focus of the Coordinating team are made in conjunction with our Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is an inter-disciplinary group of physicians and other health care professionals, including social workers, pharmacists, and nursing professionals, as well as patient advocates, from across the State of Michigan representing a cross section of oncology practices.

MOQC also welcomes feedback and ideas from practices. This is your Consortium and we strive to ensure that the work we do for you is meaningful and relevant to the care you provide to your patients.

Does MOQC work for BCBSM?

MOQC is a BCBSM Collaborative Quality Initiative (CQI). All of MOQC’s financial support is provided by BCBSM. CQIs are partnerships between BCBSM, participating hospitals, physicians and a coordinating center team that leads the program. Practices share data to develop best practices around areas of care with high costs and high variation. Blue Cross never sees individual practice or physician data. However, the coordinating center uses data collected to identify opportunities for improvement. BCBSM allows the Coordinating team and its physician-led Steering Committees to drive the goals and areas of performance improvement. Quality improvement work benefits all patients regardless of insurance coverage. BCBSM believes that if quality is improved, costs will decrease and its members will benefit.

Currently, there are 18 CQIs that cover many areas of care, of which one is MOQC:

  1. Michigan Cardiovascular Consortium
  2. Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Initiative
  3. Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative
  4. Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative
  5. Michigan Anticoagulation Quality Improvement Initiative
  6. Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium
  7. Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium
  8. Michigan Trauma Quality Improvement Program
  9. Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative
  10. Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium
  11. Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative Quality Initiative
  12. Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative
  13. Michigan Value Collaborative
  14. Anesthesiology Performance Improvement and Reporting Exchange
  15. Michigan Pharmacists Transforming Care and Quality Program
  16. Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative
  17. Integrated Michigan Patient-Centered Alliance on Care Transitions
  18. Obstetrics Initiative

For more information about BCBSM Collaborative Quality Initiatives, click here.

What is Dr. Griggs’ background?

Jennifer J Griggs, MD, MPH is a professor in Internal Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.  She has practiced in medical oncology for nearly 25 years. In addition to her clinical expertise, Dr. Griggs provides leadership to MOQC and its practices with the goal of lifting the quality of oncology care across the state of Michigan in a collaborative way. She mentors faculty and fellows at the University of Michigan. She also leads research teams and publishes prolifically in the area of health disparities in cancer. She speaks regularly at academic and community events regarding the quality of cancer care and disparities in care according to race and ethnicity. Her other research interests include patient-provider communication, end-of-life care, and global medicine. Dr. Griggs has a special interest in narrative medicine, a field of medicine that encourages “radical thinking” and honoring people’s stories.

Why should any PGIP Oncology Practice participate in MOQC?

The main reasons to participate in MOQC:

  • Reimbursement for 1 physician ASCO membership per year
  • Data abstraction compensation for MOQC-specified QOPI quality measures
  • Share and benchmark performance and data to improve quality of oncology care
  • Access to established quality projects, resources and experts
  • Meet Medicare MIPS quality and performance improvement activity requirements under MACRA
  • Receive Value-based Reward (VBR) for BCBSM PPO book of business for meeting quality targets
  • Achieve Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points for American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) support upon the completion of MOQC initiatives
  • Assist with publishing or presenting MOQC-related quality results
  • Work collaboratively with other practices to share best practices

What is QOPI®?

ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) 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.

QOPI provides a standard methodology, robust library of quality metrics for oncology, and a collection tool to reliably and routinely assess care, inform quality improvement activities, and demonstrate quality to patients and external stakeholders. Early adopters of QOPI are well-positioned to meet external reporting requirements for payers and the government and participate in new payment models focused on quality.

To learn more, click here.

To participate in MOQC, is it required to participate in QOPI®?

Yes. To be in MOQC, a practice must abstract QOPI measures per direction from MOQC. MOQC communicates which measures and/or which rounds to participate in abstraction. MOQC aggregates all practice data and presents to its Steering Committee. This data, along with feedback from the practices, is used to determine how Coordinating Center resources are used to develop practice resources to improve quality.

Click here to learn more about the MOQC Steering Committee.

What Benefits Exist with QOPI® Participation?

ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) 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.

QOPI provides a standard methodology, robust library of quality metrics for oncology, and a collection tool to reliably and routinely assess care, inform quality improvement activities, and demonstrate quality to patients and external stakeholders.

Benefits of QOPI participation for MOQC practices:

  • Informs practices to guide and focus quality improvement activities and resources
  • Provides practices with comparative benchmarks at practice, region, state and national level for measures
  • Recognized as a Quality Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for data submission to Medicare
  • Serves as an approved data source for American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Earns points towards American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
  • Receives credit in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Improvement Activities category. Participants can attest to meaningfully participating in these quality improvement activities as part of this new benefit.

Does MOQC support practices in achieving QOPI certification?

After calendar year 2017, MOQC will not provide support for QOPI certification. If a practice wishes to pursue certification, please contact QOPI certification directly at qopicertification@asco.org or call 571-483-1669.

To learn more about QOPI certification and the advantages of the program, click here.