Category Archives: Commit to Quit

The Economic Side: New Law Ensures Coverage of Tobacco Screening and Cessation

A new law passed in the final days of the 2017 legislative session will ensure patients who want to quit smoking will have access to treatments their physicians prescribe. In the past, KMA members reported widespread barriers related to tobacco screening and cessation treatments. The problems persisted even after the Affordable Care Act was implemented; tobacco cessation coverage continued to vary by insurer with no consistency, burdensome prior authorizations and gaps in coverage. One of the most common complaints was

The Economic Side

By Lindy Lady, CPC, CPCO KMA Medical Business Advocacy Manager KMA and the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care recently launched “Commit to Quit,” a statewide smoking cessation program that helps smokers in Kentucky stop smoking with guidance from their physician. Physicians may be reimbursed for helping Medicare, Medicaid and privately insured patients quit smoking. Have any of your patients had problems obtaining smoking cessation drugs paid for by an insurer? When smoking cessation counseling is provided have you received appropriate