Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Tools for Provider Action

 

Free Nicotine Patches and Gift Card Incentive for Medi-Cal Members 

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 for the $20 gift card bonus when calling the Helpline, members must have a valid Medi-Cal Beneficiary Identification Card number and complete the first counseling session.

Help Medi-Cal Members Quit Smoking

Ask, Advise, Refer and Motivate:

1)  ASK all patients if they smoke.

2)  ADVISE them to quit smoking to improve their health.

3)  REFER members electronically via the Helpline's web Referral Service for free, telephone-based cessation counseling in EnglishSpanishVietnameseKorean and Chinese. Start with two easy steps:

  1. First, register your organization at http://nobutts.org/referral/register.aspx.
  2. Once you are registered and receive confirmation from the Helpline, go to http://nobutts.org/referral/ to sign up your patients. 

4)  MOTIVATE Medi-Cal members to enroll in Helpline counseling by telling them about the free nicotine patches mailed to their homes and $20 gift card bonus. 

 

To order MIQS posters and postcards in multiple languages, please contact:

Cynthia Vela, MIQS Outreach Specialist, Phone: 916-703-5654, Email: cynthia.vela@dhcs.ca.gov

Sue Kratochvil, Outreach Specialist, Phone: 916-703-5652, Email susan.kratochvil@dhcs.ca.gov.


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December 2013

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August 2013


CHIS Medi-Cal Smoking Prevalence Data by CA County, Interactive Map 

2007 - 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

           (Click on individual county to view Medi-Cal smoking prevalence data) 

Color Value Key:
11% - 18%
18% - 25%
25% - 32%
32% - 39%
39% - 47%
MIQS Data:Show/Hide Table
County Recipients Smokers
Alameda
250,554
44,599 (18%)
Alpine
193
82 (43%)
Amador
4,505
1,919 (43%)
Butte
52,008
22,467 (43%)
Calaveras
6,701
2,855 (43%)
Colusa
4,710
1,305 (28%)
Contra Costa
141,199
32,335 (23%)
Del Norte
8,219
2,088 (25%)
El Dorado
19,110
7,529 (39%)
Fresno
313,221
50,429 (16%)
Glenn
7,202
1,995 (28%)
Humboldt
27,304
4,887 (18%)
Imperial
58,086
8,248 (14%)
Inyo
3,541
1,508 (43%)
Kern
239,601
57,265 (24%)
Kings
36,327
11,661 (32%)
Lake
18,109
6,900 (38%)
Lassen
5,145
1,307 (25%)
Los Angeles
2,418,773
408,773 (17%)
Madera
45,597
6,703 (15%)
Marin
22,986
2,597 (11%)
Mariposa
2,868
1,222 (43%)
Mendocino
22,789
10,529 (46%)
Merced
84,350
20,413 (24%)
Modoc
2,094
532 (25%)
Mono
1,381
588 (43%)
Monterey
94,574
14,943 (16%)
Napa
17,142
4,560 (27%)
Nevada
11,559
1,930 (17%)
Orange
453,202
48,493 (11%)
Placer
31,025
7,508 (24%)
Plumas
3,112
790 (25%)
Riverside
407,580
67,658 (17%)
Sacramento
320,369
111,168 (35%)
San Benito
10,335
1,964 (19%)
San Bernardino
479,967
102,713 (21%)
San Diego
441,366
108,135 (25%)
San Francisco
134,461
28,237 (21%)
San Joaquin
180,727
50,061 (28%)
San Luis Obispo
33,401
8,951 (27%)
San Mateo
75,236
14,445 (19%)
Santa Barbara
81,071
11,107 (14%)
Santa Clara
261,394
50,710 (19%)
Santa Cruz
42,412
5,217 (12%)
Shasta
41,918
16,138 (39%)
Sierra
497
126 (25%)
Siskiyou
10,671
2,710 (25%)
Solano
68,794
19,537 (28%)
Sonoma
62,644
12,967 (21%)
Stanislaus
136,534
42,599 (31%)
Sutter
23,430
9,278 (40%)
Tehama
18,073
5,006 (28%)
Trinity
2,825
718 (25%)
Tulare
168,390
23,575 (14%)
Tuolumne
8,283
3,529 (43%)
Ventura
125,546
39,045 (31%)
Yolo
30,903
4,574 (15%)
Yuba
20,858
8,593 (41%)
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MIQS Tools and Materials for Providers 

Downloadable materials are for health care providers and social service organizations that serve Medi-Cal members. Materials include fact sheets; frequently asked questions; member outreach flyers; sample newsletter articles and social media messages in six languages; digital and print badges and banners; and Helpline materials order forms.

If you have questions about the Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking Project, contact:

Cynthia Vela, MIQS Outreach Specialist, Phone: 916-703-5654, Email: cynthia.vela@dhcs.ca.gov

Sue Kratochvil, Outreach Specialist, Phone: 916-703-5652, Email susan.kratochvil@dhcs.ca.gov.


Webinars: Follow the link below to download and view a MIQS webinar. 

WEBINAR: "Get In the MIQS – The Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking Project (MIQS). Presented by Dr. Elisa Tong, MIQS Outreach Principal Investigator, this webinar explains the links between tobacco use and diabetes, provides an overview of the MIQS Project and the easy action steps to have the Helpline proactively contact and follow-up with your patients, and information about the incentives (free nicotine patches) that Medi-Cal patients can have mailed to them. 


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. 

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