California was one of ten states chosen to participate in the Medicaid Incentives for the Prevention of Chronic Disease Program, created by the Affordable Care Act. These states are studying the use of incentives to encourage Medicaid members to make healthy choices.
California’s project is called MIQS, or Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking. Eligible Medi-Cal members who smoke could receive a $20 gift card to call the Helpline and engage in counseling. They could also receive free nicotine patches sent to their home, in addition to free telephone counseling. Providers throughout the state were actively referring their Medi-Cal patients, and over 47,000 enrolled through the end of July 2015.
Enrollment is now complete. The MIQS Project was successful in meeting its goals to provide incentives and counseling services that help Medi-Cal members quit smoking.
How to Talk to Your Patients About Quitting Smoking: A New Video for Health Professionals
It takes less than three minutes to save a life! In this brief five-minute video, Steve Schroeder, M.D., UCSF Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, discusses the importance of asking, advise and referring smokers to the California Smokers’ Helpline. Dean Schillinger, M.D., Chief, Division of Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, provides a short demonstration of how to talk to patients about quitting smoking.
Although enrollment for the MIQS Project is now complete, a flyer is available to health care providers to promote free Helpline services to their Medi-Cal members. To download the flyer in multiple languages, please visit our online store.
The Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Project is funded by the California Department of Health Care Services through a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), as part of the Medicaid Incentives for the Prevention of Chronic Disease (MIPCD) Program, under the Affordable Care Act. Some conditions apply, while supplies last.