Medicaid Resources and Updates
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Update on Medicaid Webinar
It has been three
months since NAQC, the Tobacco Control Network and CDC partnered to bring you
the webinar on the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guideline
allowing quitlines as an allowable administrative cost expenditure. No doubt,
many of you have been working hard with your Medicaid partners to build relationship,
find ways to claim expenditures under the new guideline, and promote quitlines
to beneficiaries and healthcare providers.
In the process of
collecting questions from members leading up to the July 27th
webinar, we learned that many of you are struggling with questions related to
the delivery of cessation medications to Medicaid beneficiaries through
quitlines. While the new guideline did not address medications, NAQC was hoping
to gather additional information to present in a follow-up webinar that would
prove helpful in your efforts.
with CMS, CDC and several quitline service providers, we have learned that
there is incredible variability among states:
- in how their medications benefits are
- reimbursement amounts to pharmacies and
- rules and requirements for licensed
prescribers, drug manufacturers and distributors.
NAQC is concerned
that a webinar to talk with you about medications and quitlines would not be
helpful at this point considering this variability (unlike the new guideline
implemented consistently at the federal level), the multitude of challenges
resulting from this variability, and the various ways that states are able to
address these challenges due to administrative and budget constraints.
At this time, a
webinar focused on cessation medications and Medicaid is on hold. Instead, NAQC
will continue to gather information from you and our partners at the federal
level to determine the best way(s) to support quitlines’ work to help Medicaid
beneficiaries quit tobacco. We will be producing two technical assistance
resources (one in February and one in May) and hosting several learning
opportunities in the coming year.
Three-question survey on your Medicaid
efforts COMING SOON
current focus of your Medicaid work and the challenges you are facing allows us
to develop technical assistance opportunities and resources that best meet your
needs. In an effort to gather this broad view of Medicaid-related efforts
happening in states, in mid-November NAQC will release a very brief,
three-question survey to state tobacco programs and foundations responsible for
The results will
provide NAQC and our partners with valuable information and allow us to develop
meaningful, useful, timely tools and resources to support your work.
Additionally, we will be able to "match” states that are in similar
developmental phases, facing similar challenges, and looking for peer support
We do hope you
will complete the survey if the link appears in your inbox!
Announcing new Medicaid Learning Community!
NAQC is hosting a Medicaid
Learning Community (MLC)! The MLC will
include representatives from 12 states (currently being identified based on
readiness and existing infrastructure), with the goal to support
shared-learning and dissemination of proven-practices related to effective
implementation of the new guideline allowing quitlines as an allowable
administrative cost expenditure.
The MLC will be
facilitated by Tamatha Thomas-Haase and will meet virtually in monthly
"strategy huddles” beginning in mid-November. Results from these strategy
huddles will be shared with the entire NAQC membership via the NAQC Listserv
each month. Additionally, ongoing
dialogue and technical assistance will continue among learning community
members via the MLC Listserv.
In an effort to
share knowledge, stimulate learning and encourage problem-solving, MLC members
will present two webinars to the full NAQC membership over the next 10 months
and will conduct a 3-hour workshop at the NAQC Conference in August.
NAQC looks forward
to our work with the MLC!
to NAQC’s Medicaid work can be directed to Tamatha Thomas-Haase at