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This Athena Forum Monday Memo is devoted to lung disease

ACS-Great American Smokeout It is said that quitting smoking is the single most important thing one can do to improve health. Case Managers can help bring the message and support patients in making this important lifestyle change. Smoking cessation is a part of care management regardless of the condition. Case Management guidelines expect that establishing a patient’s smoking status and history is included in the general assessment.
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Smoking Cessation is the Key According to the American Cancer Society, quitting smoking is a three step process.

• Step 1 - Deciding to quit
• Step 2 - Setting a quit date and
• Step 3 - Following through.

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Excellence in Case Mgmnt
November is COPD Awareness Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month & the Great American Smoke Out.

Understanding and reviewing the process of change will provide the Case Manager insight in supporting patients in making challenging lifestyle adjustments. Also in the COPD course there is an overview of the Transtheortical Model of Change (TMC reference Athena Forum COPD: Module D, the Case Manager’s Role). Recognizing the stages of changes will assist in developing the most appropriate plan of care.
In the Headlines . . .

CDC.gov: November 18, 2010 is the Great American Smoke Out. This is the 35th year of this event focused to bring people’s attention of the need to stop smoking. Stopping smoking can immediately have a positive impact on one’s health. We have all seen increased bans on smoking in public areas and the U. S. Navy is enacting a rule to ban smoking on submarines beginning 12/31/2010. The CDC notes“ As of October 1, 2010, Medicaid programs are required to cover tobacco-dependence treatments for pregnant women, and in 2011, cessation coverage will be provided to all federal employees, retirees, and their spouses and dependents.” (www.cdc.gov)

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