Consortium for Tobacco Use Cessation Technical Assistance
CDC awarded $450,000 in Secretary Transfer funds to support the development of a consortium to provide technical assistance to state tobacco control programs and national and state partners in order to translate the science of tobacco control cessation into public health action. Specifically, the consortium is intended to provide technical assistance to state tobacco control programs and national and state tobacco control organizations to support their efforts to (1) enhance state quitline capacity and sustainability and (2) promote comprehensive private and public insurance coverage of cessation treatments and promote health systems change to integrate tobacco dependence treatment into the clinical workflow.
This project is needed to increase understanding and application of evidence-based cessation interventions by state tobacco control programs and national and state partners in order to take full advantage of current opportunities in this area created by recent federal initiatives and in order to jump-start progress on increasing tobacco cessation and reducing tobacco use. Specifically, this project is expected to achieve the following outcomes:
- Increased awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and available cessation services, intention to quit, and support of cessation interventions;
- Increased availability and expanded coverage of comprehensive cessation services; and
- Increased health care systems change to promote and support cessation.
- Increased quit attempts;
- Increased calls to state quitlines and increased utilization of other evidence-based cessation services;
- Increased referrals from health care providers and practices to state quitlines;
- Increased state coverage of evidence-based cessation treatments for Medicaid enrollees; and
- Increased adoption of measures specific to tobacco cessation and quitlines during future stages of Meaningful Use
North American Quitline Consortium—Enhance State Quitline Capacity
The North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC) will provide technical assistance to state tobacco control programs on enhancing state quitline capacity and sustainability. Technical assistance topics will include quitline service delivery models, providing cessation medications through quitlines, developing public-private partnerships with health insurers and employers to sustain state quitline funding, securing the 50% federal quitline administrative match for quitline counseling to Medicaid enrollees, and fostering quitline capacity to receive electronic referrals from health care practices. NAQC will also assess quitline funding, reach, and performance through analysis of quitline data. This cooperative agreement will allow state quitlines to take advantage of opportunities to expand their reach and impact that have been opened by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaigns.
NAQC is a non-profit learning organization, established in 2004, that seeks to improve the access, use and effectiveness of tobacco cessation quitlines across the diverse communities in North America. It is comprised of over 400 individuals and organizations that provide quitline services, fund quitlines, conduct research on quitline-related topics, advance national cessation policies and work in other areas of tobacco control. Its members span the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. NAQC is recognized as a trusted body for convening stakeholders, brokering issues and promoting best practices in the field of quitlines. For resources on quitlines, please visit NAQuitline.org.
American Lung Association—Promote Comprehensive Cessation Insurance Coverage and Health Systems Change
The American Lung Association will provide technical assistance to state tobacco control programs on increasing tobacco cessation through comprehensive insurance coverage of cessation treatments and health systems change. Technical assistance topics will include expanding cessation coverage in Medicaid and private insurance and integrating tobacco dependence treatment into the clinical workflow, including through electronic health records. This will allow state tobacco control programs to take advantage of opportunities to expand smokers’ access to evidence-based cessation treatments that have been opened by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, the Joint Commission’s hospital cessation performance measures, and CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaigns. The Lung Association will work with the American Academy of Pediatrics in implementing the health systems change component of this cooperative agreement.
The American Lung Association is the leading non-profit organization in the U.S. working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The Lung Association helps tobacco users quit through public health policy, health systems change, and cessation programs for individuals and groups. The Lung Association provides tools, resources, information, and technical assistance on tobacco cessation insurance coverage, health systems change, and other tobacco cessation topics, including its annual report Helping Smokers Quit, to chartered American Lung Associations, state tobacco control programs, and national, state, and local tobacco control organizations.
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