Smoking cessation is focus of publications

The Sept. 28 issue of the "Health Care Innovations Exchange," available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) at http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/issue.aspx?id=113, includes the following.

• The "featured Innovations" describe two programs that led to increased use of smoking cessation resources and higher quit rates.

• The "featured QualityTools" provide practical approaches for treating tobacco dependence in the clinical setting and for achieving tobacco-free hospitals and health systems.

More innovations and tools related to smoking cessation are available on the Innovations Exchange Web Site (http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov), which contains more than 650 searchable innovations and 1,625 searchable QualityTools. Search for "smoking cessation."

In other news, the "Tobacco-Use Cessation Counseling Services" brochure is available in a hardcopy format from the Medicare Learning Network. This brochure is designed to provide education on tobacco-use cessation counseling services. 

To place your order, visit http://www.CMS.gov/MLNGenInfo. Scroll down to "Related Links inside CMS," and select "MLN Product Ordering Page."