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Teaming With Healthcare Providers –
Their Important Role in Tobacco Cessation

Healthcare Providers

In 2000, the U.S. Public Health Service released an updated clinical practice guidelines recommending that physicians and healthcare organizations implement the 5A’s Treatment Model with their patients who use tobacco. Healthcare providers are aware of each patient’s health issues and can advise them about the risks of using tobacco or being exposed to smoking.

The Ohio Department of Health Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program provides guidance for implementation of the 5A’s method, along with handout materials for their patients who are at risk.

The 5A's Method for Tobacco Intervention

The 5A's method includes:

  • Asking a patient about his/her tobacco use
  • Advising him/her to quit
  • Assessing the patient’s willingness to make an attempt to quit
  • Assisting him/her with counseling or pharmacotherapy
  • Arranging a follow-up appointment or referral

The Ohio Department of Health has implemented the “5 A's” in 14 Child and Family Health Services Perinatal Direct Care clinics and 13 Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) projects.

Learn more about the Ohio Department of Health Quit Line Program  

5 A’s + Rx + Quit Line = Considered the most effective approach to tobacco cessation (when combined).

In partnership with Ohio Department of Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Health created the following chart to assist providers in efforts to seek reimbursement for tobacco cessation treatment delivered to Medicaid recipients:

Medicaid Billing for Tobacco Cessation Treatment

Medicaid Treatment and Billing for Tobacco Cessation Treatment in Oral Health Settings

Learn about Free Resources for healthcare providers.

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