Medi-Cal members smoke at higher rates than the general population and are at high risk for developing smoking-related chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
The Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Program seeks to reverse these trends and motivate smoking cessation by offering a $20 gift card to members who call the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO BUTTS and enroll in its free telephone-based support services.
Here's What You Can Do To Help:
1) ASK all Medi-Cal members if they smoke.
2) ADVISE them to quit smoking.
3) REFER members that smoke to 1-800-NO-BUTTS for cessation counseling. Available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese
4) MOTIVATE members to call by telling them about the $20 gift card. Provide the MIQS Medi-Cal Member Flyer which explains exactly what to do to get the gift card.
For more information, training, or technical assistance please visit the MIQS Webpage
Helping patients make and sustain lifestyle changes when they have diabetes or other chronic diseases is a challenge. Many people know what to do to improve their health; it’s figuring out how to do it that’s the biggest challenge.
Diabetes HealthSense, an online library of resources compiled by the National Diabetes Education Program www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/HealthSense, can help you find resources to help your patients make lifestyle changes and cope with the demands of diabetes.
This resource has information to help your patients with diabetes, as well as patients who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes now and in the future.
Resources included in Diabetes HealthSense have been reviewed by leading independent experts on psychosocial issues with specific expertise on how to make and sustain lifestyle changes.