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Tobacco Systems Change

New Resource: Billing Guide For Tobacco Screening and Cessation

The American Lung Association is excited to share their new resource. Tobacco use status is now embedded in most of the major electronic health records and evidence-based tobacco cessation counseling and pharmacotherapy covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private healthplans. Despite improved documentation and coverage, few providers bill for cessation services.

To help stakeholders ensure both the provision of cessation services and payment for those services, this document gives an overview of tobacco cessation coverage requirements for Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. While coverage is a critical component, payment for these services requires using the proper service and diagnosis codes. This document also provides guidance on how to code for both diagnoses and services related to tobacco.

Tobacco Health Systems Change Starter Toolkit for Clinics

This toolkit provides key resources and practical tools to help clinics and health systems improve how they address tobacco use. Many of these resources have been used by our network of champions advancing tobacco as a priority across their health system. Many of them have been used in the field by ICSI as they conduct practice coaching and quality improvement support.

FAQ's on Medications and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

As part of the Tobacco Health Systems Change (THSC) initiative, Pete Dehnel, M.D., Medical Director of the Physician Advocacy Network, Twin Cities Medical Society, conducted medication education in-services with clinics across the state. Learn more here about some of the frequently asked questions and responses. 

NEW Tobacco Health Systems Change Case Studies

Two new case studies are now available highlighting the work of Essentia Health and Apple Tree Dental to make the delivery of tobacco treatment a standard practice of care with their patients. Funded by ClearWay Minnesota, you’ll find useful strategies, successes, challenges and lessons learned. Find the case studies here.

UPDATED Tools & Resources

In a continued effort to provide relevant tools and resources to health systems and clinics in Minnesota on tobacco health systems change, ClearWay Minnesota and ICSI have updated the Tools and Resources section. You can now find a variety of specialty areas highlighting key tools and resources to help advance your work,  including new guides for engaging Somali patients regarding tobacco use from WellShare International.


ICSI is partnering with ClearWay MinnesotaSM to increase the capacity of health systems to assess and address tobacco use and dependence with practical offerings for health care systems change. Our organizations are working together through June of 2018 on this capacity building initiative to provide resources and tools to help health systems routinely intervene with their patients that use tobacco.

Please contact ICSI's Jeyn Monkman at (952) 883-7980 for additional information. Join our list to stay informed.


Updated 06/12/18