Jamaica and Flushing Hospital Medical Centers Achieve Silver Star Status

Jamaica and Flushing Hospital Medical Centers, of the Medisys Health Network, were awarded Silver Star Status from the New York City Health Department for demonstrating excellence in implementing systems to provide comprehensive tobacco screening and treatment for inpatients. Previously, both hospitals received a Bronze Star for enhancing their environmental/campus tobacco policies and employee cessation programs.  These are the first two hospitals in Queens to achieve Silver Star Status.

Congratulations, Jamaica and Flushing Hospitals, on receiving your Silver Star!



Treating Tobacco Use Online Learning Module

The New York City Health Department has developed an interactive online learning module designed to enhance provider knowledge on how to effectively assess, counsel and treat tobacco use. The module provides 1 CME credit and for those in training, it meets five out of six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies. Additionally, the module can be incorporated into your hospitals learning management system.

Click here to access the online module.

American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Training

The American Lung Association (ALA) Northeast, is offering their Freedom From Smoking® facilitator training for those interested in learning how to help adults quit smoking. This “train-the-trainer” model will prepare individuals to conduct an eight-session group program using ALA’s curriculum and materials. Trainers will be equipped to help smokers understand their tobacco addiction and give them the necessary tools to assist in quitting. Training will take place on October 22 and 23 in New York City. 

For more information about the ALA and to register for the training, click here.

Guide to Quit Smoking Programs in New York City


The Guide to Quit Smoking Programs is a comprehensive listing of quit smoking programs in New York City. Broken down by borough, you can easily find resources for your patients near where they live or work.  For additional smoking cessation resources, including copies of the guide, call 311 or visit nyc.gov and search “NYC Quits”.

Click here to download the Guide.

St. Barnabas Achieves Silver Star Status

St. Barnabas, part of the SBH Health System, was awarded Silver Star status from the New York City Health Department for demonstrating excellence in tobacco screening and treatment among their inpatients. Previously, St. Barnabas enhanced both its environmental/campus tobacco policies and employee cessation programs, and was awarded Bronze Star Status. They are one of only two hospitals in the Bronx to achieve excellence in both areas. We look forward to seeing them achieve Gold Star Status after completing an assessment of their outpatient care tobacco cessation system.

Congratulations to St. Barnabas Hospital on achieving Silver Star Status!

Tobacco Training Opportunity Available At Rutgers University


The Rutgers-Tobacco Dependence Program is offering a 5-Day Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training (CTTS) in New Brunswick, NJ on October 6-10, 2014. This training prepares health professionals to provide intensive treatment for tobacco dependence. Participants can expect to leave the training competent to effectively treat patients for tobacco dependence and provide individual and groups counseling sessions to help individuals quit tobacco use. The training is accredited by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) and meets all of the requirements in the US Public Health Service Guidelines.

For more information about the training, click here.   


New York State Billing Guide for Smoking Cessation Counseling

This guide provides New York medical and dental practices with smoking cessation counseling information and corresponding billing codes for patient insurance, including Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) and Managed Care, Medicare, TRICARE and private plans.

Click here or call 1-866-692-3641 to order print copies at no-cost.

Prevention Partners Has a New Website

Panelists (L-R) Susan Kansagra, Capt. Joseph McQuade (Naval Hospital) and Janet Collins (CDC) discuss the ripple effects of prevention.

Visit Prevention Partners’ new website to learn how organizations, schools and hospitals are making changes to promote health among their employees, students and patients.

Look for new features and watch the video, Healthy Places Change Lives, to see a panel discussion from Prevention Partners Annual Meeting featuring Dr. Susan Kansagra, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Health Department. You can also review the six steps to building a culture of wellness - to find out how hospitals or organizations can  support healthy practices.

VA NY Harbor - First Hospital in NYC to Achieve Gold Star Status

VA NY Harbor Healthcare System is the first hospital in New York City to achieve Gold Star Status as part of the Tobacco Free Hospitals Campaign. They were awarded this status for reviewing and updating their tobacco polices and systems of care on their Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses, as well as at the St. Albans Community Living Center. Thanks to the VA’s robust electronic health record, clinicians have been screening for tobacco use among their veterans since the mid 1990’s. Each tobacco user is assessed for how much they smoke and  a tailored quit plan is developed. The medical and behavioral health team work very closely at VA NY Harbor to assure that their veterans are fully supported with nicotine replacement therapy, other appropriate cessation medications and the psychosocial support needed to quit smoking.

The VA is leading the way in tobacco control by demonstrating a significant commitment to the care and health of its patients and employees. On June 24th, Martina Parauda, Director of the VA New York Harbor, accepted a plaque from Dr. Susan M. Kansagra, Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Health Department, to commemorate this tremendous achievement.

Congratulations on your success, VA NY Harbor Healthcare!

Flushing Hospital Medical Center Featured on National Electronic Medical Records Webinar

Last month, Flushing Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) was featured on a national webinar: Maximizing Electronic Medical Records to Help Patients Quit Tobacco.

Dr. Siamack Nemazie, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at FHMC in Queens, discussed his experience using electronic medical records to identify, treat, and track patients’ tobacco use and cessation attempts. He provided information on how he added “best practice advisories” in the medical order set and educational care plans in order to prompt clinicians to support patients seeking to quit tobacco.

You can access a recording of the webinar here.
You can also access the slide presentation here