Every year, the Great American Smokeout is held on the third Thursday of November. On this designated day, all tobacco users (and their supporters) are invited to rally together in an effort to quit using tobacco products. If you have a patient who is interested in quitting and is a Unity member, please refer them to unityhealth.com/tobacco where the following benefits available at no cost to many members due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) −
Other resources include the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line which offers counseling and two free weeks of tobacco cessation medication (nicotine replacement therapy). The Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (CTRI) and smokefree.gov are additional resources.
Under the ACA, tobacco counseling office visits are covered. Tobacco cessation medication is also covered if prescribed and is limited to six months of coverage per year. Some of these medications are available over the counter but the member would incur a cost. Prescription information can be found here: unityhealth.com/tobacco.
The American Journal of Managed Care recently published this article – “Is Soda the New Tobacco? An Expert, and New CDC Data, Say Yes¹.”
The article points out that a 12-ounce can of soda has 140 calories, 39 grams of sugar and no nutritional value. Not only does this contribute to the nation’s obesity epidemic, but it also contributes to the increasing number of people with diabetes and prediabetes.
Unity has a diabetes health management program that may help your patients. It offers education and assistance with developing self-management skills.
For more information, go to: unityhealth.com/diabetes
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