POEP Podcast Fights Tobacco (March 2014)


Help your patients quit smoking, and get paid for it. The newest podcast from TMA's Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP) explains how.

 "Tobacco Cessation Counseling: Right for the Patient, Good for Reimbursement" focuses on the efficacy of physician interventions, "incident to" services as defined by Medicare, current statistics regarding patient assessment of tobacco use, coding tips, a reimbursement calculator, and the Five A's of tobacco cessation. The podcast is accredited for 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, including ethics education. 


"The key for physicians to effectively promote good health is having a range of resources available for counseling and education," said Deborah A. Fuller, MD, chair of the TMA Council on Health Promotion and a Dallas obstetrician/gynecologist. "Treating addiction to tobacco is one of the most important ways we can help patients prevent some of the very serious and life-threatening conditions related to tobacco use. Effective training tools that physicians can use to counsel patients never to start using tobacco products are equally or more important ways for physicians to promote good health."  

The podcast features as a handout the Tobacco Cessation Counseling Calculator. Physicians can use this tool to determine how many patients might benefit from counseling and an estimate of the potential revenue from billing for such services. 

In addition to this podcast, POEP offers more in-depth training on tobacco cessation counseling, including tips on motivational interviewing and current pharmacotherapies, in the form of educational modules and podcasts, iPhone apps, and pocket guides. These items are available on the POEP website.  

POEP thanks the Council on Health Promotion and the Texas Medical Association Foundation for collaborating on this project. 

For more information, email the TMA Knowledge Center or call (800) 880-1300.

Action, Aug. 1, 2011

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