Do you know a common factor for of all the following negative outcomes for infants?
- Low birth weight
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Middle ear infection
If you guessed exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, you are correct! The CDC states that “there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.” However, nicotine found in cigarettes has been proven to be as addictive as heroin or cocaine, making it challenging to quit – even when 70% of smokers report wanting to kick the habit.
Fortunately, it is now easier than ever before for pediatricians to support family members of their patients in reducing smoke exposure. Most providers already ask about smoke exposure and provide brief counseling. Quitting success can be increased by adding resources in practice, such as the Ohio Quit Line, which offers free support for families through a simple referral. You can also learn to maximize billing opportunities for these actions to create financial benefits for sustainable changes.
All of these topics and resources are included in the Ohio AAP’s Smoke Free Families (SFF) Learning Collaborative. Practices can earn $3,000 and 25 Points of MOC credit this year in the next wave of SFF, launching in May.
SFF participating providers receive support and benefits including:
- $3,000 to support project implementation
- 25 points of MOC Part IV credit
- FREE sleep sacks and board books to provide to your patients
- Learn to maximize your reimbursement for screening for smoke exposure
- Virtual training from an Ohio AAP practice coach – no travel from your practice required
- No chart reviews – all data collection is completed through a one page tool
Learn more and enroll now at: https://ohioaap.org/qi-programs-moc-iv/smoke-free-families/
Questions? Contact Hayley Southworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.