Smokers Quit Helpline

Helpline Referral Options

According to the Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Clinical Practice Guideline, 2008 Update, “Telephone quitline counseling is effective with diverse populations and has broad reach. Therefore, both clinicians and health care delivery systems should ensure patient access to quitlines and promote quitline use.”

In 2015, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) determined that the California Smokers’ Helpline meets the Specialized Registry Reporting measure. Early adopters of Stage 3 will still be able to submit this registry to fulfill the Stage 3 Meaningful Use Public Health Registry Measure. For 2017, please submit under the 2014 Edition CEHRT criteria. If you have any questions specific to Specialized Registries, please send your inquiries to MeaningfulUse@cdph.ca.gov.

There are a variety of ways to refer your patients and clients to the Helpline:

Free Referral Options

  • Free Patient Materials: The Helpline offers a variety of free patient materials, which may be downloaded or ordered from our online catalog. No reports of referral activity are available for this option.
  • Web-Based Referral: This online service provides health professionals with a quick and easy method for referring patients to the Helpline. Aggregate referral reports are available upon request. This option may help contribute to Meaningful Use. Click here to enroll now.

Fee for Service Referral Options

  • DIRECT/Secure Email: Utilizing the Direct Project, which was launched in March 2010 as a part of the Nationwide Health Information Network, health professionals can utilize easy and affordable clinical messaging to send patient referrals to the Helpline. Direct email messages are secure, which means that providers can use them to send patient information to the Helpline and individual level referral data can be sent back to the health professional. Messages sent through the Direct Project may help contribute to Meaningful Use. For a cost estimate using the Direct Project, click here.
  • Other Internet Options: For health professionals who utilize Electronic Health Records, the Helpline can set up a secure, HL7 2.X type interface so that patient referrals are sent securely to the Helpline and individual level referral data can be sent back to the health professional. Transport options supported include LLP, TCP/IP, SFTP, and web services. Any of these options may help contribute to Meaningful Use. For a cost estimate using one of these options, click here.
  • For more information, please contact Carrie Kirby at (858) 300-1054 or meaningfuluse@ucsd.edu.
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