Tobacco Cessation Program


Review the tobacco cessation project practice benefits listed below.


Review the tobacco cessation project requirements below.


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Practice Benefits

  1. Free services for any patient diagnosed with cancer. Free services include:
    a. Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy
    b. Free behavioral modification telephonic counselling and follow up, including text messaging
    c. Access to negotiated services between MOQC practices & Quitline vendor
    d. Monthly practice reports from Quitline
    e. Prepared referral Fax sheets
  1. Zero physician time or intervention required
  1. Scripts for medical assistants and front-office/check in/check out staff to use
  1. Office and examination room posters and patient information
  1. Practice “care package” every year for Great American Smoke Out Campaign in conjunction with American Cancer Society (3rd Thursday in November)
  1. De-identified comparative data for improvement

Tobacco Cessation Project Requirements


  • Be a MOQC practice with a current participation agreement
  • Submit QOPI data per MOQC requirements
  • Provide care to Michigan adults (age 18 years and older) with a diagnosis of cancer
  • Can be a participant in a face-to-face tobacco cessation counselling program in addition to this program

Minimum Requirements

  • Participate for a minimum of 90 days (for oncologist to meet requirements for MIPS) but preferably for longer (e.g. months)
  • Leadership and active involvement by physician with plan/do/check/act cycle of improvement set forth in the MOQC approach for the project so that the oncologist, if required, can attest to project requirements for Maintenance of Certification for ABIM
  • Identify a leader
  • Small team of individuals based at a site interested in working with patients and their families in assisting them with quitting tobacco products; consider medical assistants, check in/check out staff, social workers and nurses
  • Attend a one-hour webinar/orientation (team)
  • Ability to work together to identify changes necessary to:
    • Ask patients if they use tobacco products
    • If they use tobacco products, to advise them to stop
    • Refer them to the Michigan Quitline for free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and behavioral modification telephonic counselling (note: this is free to Michigan residents with a diagnosis of cancer)
  • Ability to use pre-set materials that can be adapted to practice
  • Collection of baseline data based on 20 random charts with re-measurement after intervention has been implemented
  • Understand addiction and how to approach, communicate, and form a non-judgmental but supportive role with patients struggling with tobacco addiction
  • Passion for improving care in this population
  • Train a minimum of two individuals per site to ensure continuity and sustainability


  • To increase the number/proportion of patients that “quit” using tobacco products at a site or practice

Measures: From ASCO-QOPI’s core module:

Smoking status/tobacco use documented in past year*

NQF Endorsed
#0028 (adapted)

Smoking/tobacco use cessation counseling recommended to smokers/tobacco users in past year

NQF Endorsed
#0028 (adapted)

Tobacco cessation counseling administered or patient referred in past year

NQF Endorsed
#0028 (adapted)

Smoking/tobacco use cessation administered appropriately in the past year (defect-free measure, CORE21aa, CORE22aa, and CORE22bb)

NQF Endorsed
#0028 (adapted)

Tobacco Cessation Team

Jisha Panicker, BDS, MPH
Senior Project Manager


Contact Information

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