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

Electronic Cigarette Policy Update

Recently, the Smoke-Free Air Act (SFAA) of New York City was amended to include a ban on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in all locations where smoking is prohibited, including all enclosed areas and on hospital grounds. This new law went into effect on April 29, 2014. Now is the time to update your hospital’s policy to reflect this legislation. Contact us if you have any questions about this law or how to incorporate this new law into your hospitals policy.

For more on the Smoke-Free Air Act, click here.  

The First Ever Tobacco-Free Hospitals Campaign Roundtable Discussion

The Tobacco-Free Hospitals Campaign held its first Roundtable Discussion on January 29, 2014 Entitled “Effective Strategies for Gaining Compliance with a Tobacco-Free Campus Policy”, it featured Nancy Copperman, MS, RD, CDN and Pat Folan, DNP, RN, CTTS of the North Shore-LIJ (NS-LIJ) Health System, along with Christine Hollie, AVP, from Staten Island University Hospital.

 NS-LIJ staff shared best practices and successful strategies for implementing their robust tobacco-free campus policy, which extends to all leased and owned properties of its 15 hospitals in Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and Long Island. Hospitals from all five boroughs attended this forum and discussed their struggles and successes with developing and enforcing their own tobacco-free campus policies.  If you were unable to attend, please contact us for resources and materials.

New Web Address for Online Tools and Resources

As a member of the NYC DOHMH Tobacco-Free Hospitals Campaign, you have access to comprehensive tools and resources through Prevention Partners (formerly NC Prevention Partners). 

Please visit their new web addresswww.forprevention.orgto access your account.

Patient Quit Tobacco System Update

Prevention Partners is working to improve the overall quality and user-friendliness of both the Inpatient and Outpatient Quit System, and new resources are being added to the toolkit. In order to implement this upgrade, the system will be offline during the week of March 8-16, 2014. Log in on Monday, March 17, 2014, to access the new and improved Patient Quit Tobacco tools.