Register here for the Get in the MIQS Webinar on Friday, October 25 from noon to 1 p.m. The guest speaker is Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A., Associate Professor at UC Davis Health System.
1) Increasing knowledge about the MIQS Project and Helpline;
2) Identifying how to connect with the Helpline’s web referral system; and
3) Learning about the free nicotine patches and gift card incentives available for your Medi-Cal patients and clients.
Tobacco continues to be the leading preventable cause of death, causing over 434,000 deaths in the United States annually.
Medi-Cal members are particularly at risk for chronic diseases and the complications of these diseases because they smoke at higher rates than non-members.
The Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Project (project period 9/2011-8/2016) aims to reverse these trends and motivate smoking cessation by incentivizing attempts to quit smoking through the California Smokers’ Helpline.
The Helpline is a free telephone-based counseling service operated by University of California, San Diego for over 20 years, which doubles the chances of long-term quitting (Zhu et al., New England Journal of Medicine 2002).