QuitWorks: a solution for providers to help patients quit smoking.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Integrating Tobacco Interventions

 Quitworks can help hospitals meet Joint Commision standards
 QuitWorks can help create integrated systems of care in all types of health care organizations
QuitWorks can help in many other ways


 QuitWorks can help hospitals meet Joint Commission Standards
As of January 2010, 60 of 71 hospitals in Massachusetts have participated in the QuitWorks program. QuitWorks can produce aggregate reports and patient-level data to satisfy Joint Commission core measures as well as facilities’ own quality improvement initiatives.

As the Joint Commission considers expanding tobacco measures in the next few years, the QuitWorks team can assist hospitals to prepare for and meet any changes in requirements. For more information go to Integrating Quitworks.

QuitWorks can help create integrated systems of care in all types of health care organizations
QuitWorks’ goal is not just to treat individual smokers, but to work with health care facilities to institute a continuum of effective treatment interventions consistent with the recommendations of the Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update Guideline.  This continuum encompasses a wide range of providers, from solo practices to large practices, health centers, and hospitals, and covers all type of provider-patient interactions in the outpatient and hospital setting.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP) provides technical assistance on workflow design to help health care organizations integrate QuitWorks and tobacco interventions into existing systems and electronic health records.  MDPH also offers provider and staff training for health care facilities that use QuitWorks, as well as new data-sharing agreements for improved evaluation.

QuitWorks can help in many other ways

  • Conduct an initial institution readiness assessment.
  • Assist with a roll-out plan and establish numeric goals for each target unit and the institution.
  • Work with an assigned person or team for an initial 3-month period.
  • Track facility referrals daily or weekly during the start-up period, using our real-time database.
  • Provide free, client-level identified disposition and outcome reports, as well as aggregate reports.
  • Offer fully-electronic bidirectional referral and data exchange to organizations with well-established electronic health records.
  • Create tobacco cessation synergies by linking institutions to other tobacco cessation initiatives, such as the Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change.
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