Tobacco Smoking Cessation
by Sendero Health, IdealCare
- Sendero Health Plan members are provided a free smoking cessation assessment and materials on how to quit smoking through the Up in Smoke (US) program. The US program includes information on referral service that link members to local and national resources. Sendero endorses and recommends referring IdealCare members to the following programs for assistance with efforts to stop smoking:
• Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS): Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
• American Cancer Society: “Quit for Life”
• American Lung Association Austin, 5926 Balcones Dr., Austin, Tx 78731
• Foundation for a Smokefree America, 8117 West Manchester Ave Suite 500 , Playa del Rey CA 90293-8745,
Program GoalsThe primary goal of the tobacco cessation program is to decrease the use of tobacco products among the Sendero Health Plans population, to include the use of smokeless tobacco, cigars and pipes through the following:
• Promotion of tobacco cessation through effective counseling, motivation, appropriate pharmacotherapy and reducing the incident of relapse
• Pulmonary Function testing (PFT) in cigarette smokers > 40 years of age for early detection of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the health plan’s Promotores Program work with health care coordinators and providers and rely on the following interventions when helping Sendero Health Plan members enrolled in the US tobacco cessation program.
• Smoking Cessation Assessment form mailed annually (email, text, mail) to all health plan members and included in the welcome packet
• Data analysis to support clinical management – cessation status, pharmacotherapy, PFT rates
• Health promotion services including free telephone counseling and collateral materials (available online or mailed)
o Want to quit smoking brochure
o Want to quit smoking fact sheet
o Flyers, information cards and posters displayed with Community Based Partners
• CHWs will schedule up to five telephone based counseling sessions including one follow-up six months after the initial calls
• Collaboration with primary care providers to achieve tobacco cessation (including a faxed report confirming patient’s participation and a final report after the six month follow-up)
Program ReferralPlease call 1.800.791.6511 8am – 4pm Monday - Friday
Click here to participate and complete the online assessment OR
Click here for Program Information from our brochure
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