This collection of webinars is designed to provide specific information on tobacco cessation. Each webinar explores a different topic. If you want more information on tobacco cessation coverage, please visit our Resource Library. If you have questions about a presentation, please email [email protected]..

Tobacco Cessation Coverage in State Exchanges

Learn about tobacco cessation coverage in the state exchanges. This webcast presents new data on how state exchange plans are covering tobacco cessation treatment. You can read the corresponding report, Tobacco Cessation Coverage in State Exchanges - 2020, and watch the webcast. Watch>>

Medicaid Managed Care Contracting: Virtual Round Table (American Lung Association, July 15, 2020)

Explore the way state tobacco programs can collaborate with their state Medicaid agencies to improve coverage for tobacco cessation through either the Medicaid Managed Care procurement process or additional administrative mechanisms. This round table features health department representatives from New Hampshire and Michigan sharing their state’s experiences, lessons learned and suggestions for other states. You can read the corresponding issue brief, Improving Tobacco Cessation Coverage through Medicaid Managed Care Contracting, and watch the webcast. Watch>>

Pharmacists and Tobacco Cessation: Lessons Learned in Indiana (American Lung Association, May 5, 2020)

This webcast explores the implementation of standing orders in Indiana that allow pharmacists to dispense tobacco cessation medications to patients in the absence of a prescription from the tobacco user’s provider. Experts discuss the role pharmacists are playing in Indiana and around the country. The speakers also share lessons learned during the implementation and suggestions for other states. You can read the corresponding case study, Indiana’s Standing Order for Tobacco Cessation, and watch the webinar. Watch>>

Addressing the Youth Tobacco Use Epidemic

This webcast explores the ways two state health departments are working to help kids quit tobacco amidst the current youth e-cigarette use epidemic. Health department representatives from Kansas and Massachusetts share how the issue is impacting their states, as well as the innovative ways they are approaching the growing need for resources to help kids addicted to tobacco quit. Watch »

Improving Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Coverage in Oregon: A Case Study (American Lung Association, July 31, 2020)

Learn about Oregon's improvement of tobacco cessation coverage for its Medicaid enrollees using Medicaid incentive payments. This webinar highlights Oregon's innovate development of Coordinated Care Organizations and the utilization of quality measures and EHRs to implement a tobacco prevalence and cessation incentive metric. You can read the corresponding case study, "Implementing Tobacco Quality Measures through Medicaid Incentive Payments in Oregon" and watch the webinar. Watch »

Medicaid Expansion and State Tobacco Cessation (American Lung Association, July 11, 2019)

Thirty-five states and D.C. have expanded their state Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. States are required to provide these newly enrolled individuals coverage of the essential health benefits, including preventive services. Tobacco cessation is a preventive service and is required to be covered for all Medicaid expansion enrollees without cost-sharing, including co-pays. Despite this, there continues to be inconsistent coverage of tobacco cessation treatment for the Medicaid expansion population. This webinar discusses the trends in tobacco cessation coverage and barriers among expansion plans and the future of expansion. You can read the corresponding report, "Medicaid Expansion: State Tobacco Cessation Coverage" and watch the webinar. Watch »

Private Insurance and Tobacco Cessation – An Update (American Lung Association, March 22, 2019)

Learn about the current landscape of private health insurance market and its coverage of tobacco cessation treatment. This webinar explores some surprising changes in private health insurance and what private insurance companies are covering in terms of tobacco cessation coverage. Additionally, the webinar also features Amanda Jansen – she shares her experiences in Minnesota working with self-insured employers on improving their cessation coverage. Watch »

Tobacco Cessation Barriers 101: The Impact on Quitting (American Lung Association, February 12, 2019)

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. And while data shows almost 7 in 10 smokers want to quit, fewer than 1 in 10 quit successfully. The burden of smoking is particularly heavy on the Medicaid population – Medicaid enrollees smoke at a rate over twice as high as those with private insurance. This webinar discusses common barriers to tobacco cessation services in state Medicaid programs. The webinar also discusses the impact each barrier has on helping people quit smoking. Watch »

The Role of Telehealth in Tobacco Cessation (American Lung, September 13, 2018)

This webinar explores how telehealth can be used to improve access to tobacco cessation. Telehealth has potential to improve access in communities that have a lack of providers, for patients with limited mobility, and for individuals who wish to minimize the time spent receiving care. However, there are many challenges to using it effectively. This webinar explores the current state of telehealth, how it can be used as a vehicle for tobacco cessation and key considerations to understand the topic. Watch »

Improving Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Coverage in South Carolina: A Case Study in Partnership (American Lung Association, June 25, 2018)

South Carolina recently improved their Medicaid tobacco cessation benefit through their participation in the CDC's 6Ç€18 Initiative. During this webinar you will hear about the CDC 6Ç€18 Initiative, the partnership between South Carolina's Medicaid office and the Department of Public Health and the how they worked together to bring a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit to their Medicaid program. You can read the corresponding case study, "Improving Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Coverage in South Carolina: A Case Study in Partnership" and watch the webinar. Watch »

Leveraging the New Hospital Community Benefit Toolkit to Promote Tobacco Cessation Across Community Providers (American Lung Association, February 22, 2018)

More than half of the hospitals in the US are private, nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt. Since 2012, they have been required to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments every three years and implement a strategy to deal with issues identified by that Needs Assessment. Data indicates that average spending by tax-exempt hospitals on community benefits has not changed much since 2012. Most hospitals have completed just one CHNA cycle and are struggling with how to have the most impact within the limits of their resources and expertise. Join us to learn more about Hospital Community Benefit requirements and the new toolkit on the Hospital Community Benefit and tobacco cessation. Webinar participants will learn about the new toolkit and receive tactical, hands-on ideas for how and why to use it. Watch »

Counting Quitting: Tobacco Cessation and Quality Measures  (American Lung Association, July 12, 2017)

Only a little over half of smokers receive advice to quit from their doctor, despite the majority of smokers wanting to quit. Newer provider payments models attempting to pay for value rather than volume try to incentivize healthy behaviors and prevention. Join us to learn what quality measures are, why they are important for tobacco cessation and how Oregon implemented them in their Medicaid program. Watch »

Lessons Learned: Tobacco Cessation and Health Systems Change

Over two-thirds of adult smokers in the United States say they want to quit. A little over half of smokers received advice to quit from their healthcare provider, but only 10 percent of smokers quit successfully in 2015. By integrating tobacco cessation into the fabric of health systems, those numbers can increase. These systemic changes can be daunting to undertake. During this webinar, we will explore how two state-wide organizations have helped their local health systems incorporate tobacco cessation into health systems change. Clearways MinnesotaSM and the Oklahoma Hospital Association have worked with numerous local health systems to implement system-wide changes to incorporate tobacco cessation at the organizational level to provide sustainable, systemic change. View the slides or watch »

Health Insurance 101: Implications for Tobacco Cessation Coverage

This webinar will give you a basic understanding of how a health insurance company designs a health benefits plan, including various requirements that plans must follow. Join us to hear about how plans work, make coverage decisions and what that means for efforts to promote evidence-based tobacco cessation coverage for all insured Americans. Watch »

Approaches to Promoting Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Coverage: A Focus on Providers

This webinar explores innovative approaches to ensure providers are referring Medicaid patients to cover tobacco cessation treatment, and specific strategies to address challenges faced when working to promote cessation to Medicare providers. Watch »

Approaches to Promoting Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Coverage: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned

This webinar explores the efforts promoting tobacco cessation benefits to Medicaid enrollees in a handful of states. During the webinar, states will share their experiences, including promising practices and lessons learned about the promotion of this benefit. Watch »

Medicaid Expansion – New Opportunities for Public Health

This webinar looks closely at Medicaid Expansion: how states are implementing it, who is enrolling and how to reach this new population. We will hear from experts about Medicaid expansion and discuss how to best reach new Medicaid enrollees with public health messages. Watch »

Tobacco Cessation, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act: What’s New in 2014?

This webinar explores the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and important changes happening to Medicaid. Some of these changes affect what tobacco cessation treatments are available to Medicaid enrollees, and how they receive treatment. In this hour-long webinar, experts from the American Lung Association explore how ACA implementation is affecting Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation treatments, including the provision that prohibits Medicaid programs from excluding coverage of tobacco cessation medications as of January 1, 2014. Watch »

Page last updated: October 8, 2020

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