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Office Champions Is Seeking Applicants for Second Wave of Tobacco Cessation Project
Cutoff Date is May 8
By News Staff
Pilot Project Results
According to the pilot's final report (19-page PDF; About PDFs), participating practices successfully implemented 85 percent of the changes they identified in their implementation plans, and 98 percent of practices expressed confidence that the changes they made could be sustained.
- The AAFP is seeking 50 practices to participate in the second phase of its Office Champions Tobacco Cessation National Dissemination Project.
- The deadline to apply is May 8.
- The project, which is based largely on the AAFP's evidence-based Ask and Act program, teaches office staff to implement system changes to promote the integration of tobacco cessation activities into daily office routines.
- assistance with meaningful use criteria pertaining to smoking cessation measures;
- quit-smoking posters;
- a smoking cessation group visits guide;
- billing and coding information for smoking cessation-related services;
- patient education materials;
- lapel pins; and
- "prescription pads" that list helpful information for patients before, during and after they quit smoking.
How the Program Works
As did the pilot, the project's second wave is targeting states with a smoking prevalence of greater than 20 percent. Sites will be selected to ensure a wide geographic representation, a range of practice types and sizes, and a variety of practice settings.
Thanks to a grant from Pfizer Inc., practices that complete the program will receive $2,000 to cover administrative costs, plus materials for patients and recognition for practices. Participating sites also will be recognized in American Family Physician and on the AAFP website.