Quitting smoking just got easier for Medi-Cal members! For a limited time, through 2015 or while supplies last, the Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Project is offering incentives to eligible Medi-Cal members age 18 and older who want to quit smoking or using other tobacco products. These incentives include free nicotine patches and a $20 gift card bonus for members who call the California Smokers' Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS and enroll in Helpline counseling.
The nicotine patches and the gift card are mailed directly to the member's home.To be eligible, members must have a valid Medi-Cal Beneficiary Identification Card number and complete the first counseling session.
Due to the success of the MIQS project and the resulting high volume of calls to the Helpline, MIQS incentives are projected to end by July 31, 2015. After that date, Medi-Cal members may continue to call the Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS for free telephone tobacco cessation counseling services, although the $20 gift card and free nicotine patches mailed to their homes will no longer be available.
Medi-Cal smokers may continue to receive nicotine patches paid for by their Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan, when obtained through a pharmacy. Some callers may qualify for other incentives offered through special projects like First Five (for parents of children 0 - 5) and the Asian Smokers' Quitline.
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.
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The MIQS Provider Quitkit: The California Smokers’ Helpline and the Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking Project
This webinar is presented by Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A., Associate Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine, UC Davis Health System and Principal Investigator for the Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Project. During this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Tong addresses the importance of addressing tobacco use, especially among Medi-Cal members in rural counties. She also discusses how to connect patients who smoke with the Helpline electronically utilizing the web-based Referral Service, how to obtain MIQS materials and promote quit smoking messages to patients, and how to utilize resources to help health organizations evaluate local referral performance.
You can also view the webinar's Powerpoint presentation here
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.