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Tobacco Cessation and NRT Resources

Health Partners Plans is dedicated to providing quality health care and continually improving the health outcomes of our members.

As you may know, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S., accounting for more than 480,000 deaths per year. Cigarette smoking is linked to diseases of nearly all organs of the body, particularly cardiovascular, metabolic and pulmonary diseases.

HPP would like to remind our participating providers of the importance of nicotine replacement therapies and smoking cessation counseling. Below is a list of preferred medications on the HPP formulary that are effective for the treatment of smoking cessation once the patient is assessed for the level of nicotine dependence:

Tablets

Gum

Lozenges

Patches

Bupropion SR

 Chantix

Nicotine Gum

Nicotine Lozenge

 Nicotine Mini Lozenge

Nicotine Patch

Additionally, we encourage you to discuss smoking cessation therapy with HPP members who are interested in quitting smoking. For standardized screening of individuals, consider using the five major steps to intervention (the 5 As) and their readiness to quit by utilizing the Stages of Change assessments.You may also consider performing motivational enhancement strategies to help tobacco users with:

  • Boosting confidence and positive self-talk
  • Overcoming barriers to quitting
  • Providing guidance on non-pharmacological methods that can be used in conjunction with smoking cessation therapy

HPP understands that providers are responsible for determining the appropriate smoking cessation regimen for individuals and evaluating the need for behavioral counseling. We are equally committed to providing you with the support and service you need to care for our members. For additional smoking cessation resources and assistance, call the Provider Services Helpline at 1-888-991-9023 (9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).