How CMS Links Quality and Finance

How CMS Links Quality and Finance

A standard quality measure used nationwide associates smoking cessation programs with better outcomes for cardiac patients. It involves having a process in place to identify patients who smoke, and referring them to a program.

In your organization, it has been difficult to convince physicians to refer inpatients to the smoking cessation clinic prior to, or after discharge. As a result, the measure results are quite low.

What do you think prevents the physicians from making the referrals, even though there is evidence that this is a benefit to patients? What would you present and recommend to your organization’s physicians to increase their referral?Astandard quality measure used nationwide associates smoking cessation programs with better outcomes for cardiac patients. It involves having a process in place to identify patients who smoke, and referring them to a program.

In your organization, it has been difficult to convince physicians to refer inpatients to the smoking cessation clinic prior to, or after discharge. As a result, the measure results are quite low.

What do you think prevents the physicians from making the referrals, even though there is evidence that this is a benefit to patients? What would you present and recommend to your organization’s physicians to increase their referral?