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Part 1: Integrating Tobacco Treatment along the Continuum of Lung Cancer Screening

Integrating Tobacco Treatment along the Continuum of Lung Cancer Screening is a two-part module series. The goals of these learning modules are to discuss the evidence for and provide recommendations on how to integrate evidence-based tobacco treatment for smokers along the continuum of the lung cancer screening process from the primary care setting to the lung cancer screening sites. During these modules, participants will become familiar with the role of tobacco treatment in the lung cancer screening process, including as a requirement to meet CMS criteria for reimbursement in both the primary care setting and at the screening site. Module 1 will focus on the role of tobacco in determining patient eligibility for LDCT screening. It also will highlight evidence-based strategies and resources providers and systems can use to engage patients in effective conversations about tobacco treatment. Module 2 will focus on the delivery of evidence-based tobacco treatment, including referral to the Maine Tobacco HelpLine as well as skills for on-site counseling and medication support.

These modules were developed in collaboration with the Maine Lung Cancer Coalition, the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence, and Qualidigm.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this module, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of integrating tobacco treatment along the continuum of lung cancer screening;
  • Gain familiarity with the lung cancer screening process and the role of tobacco treatment in meeting CMS criteria for reimbursement;
  • Understand the role of tobacco use history in patient eligibility and how to calculate number of packs years smoked;
  • Gain understanding of patient perspectives on tobacco use and addiction;
  • Gain familiarity with evidence-based strategies and resources for engaging patients in discussion about tobacco treatment;

Intended Audience:

This learning module is intended for primary care practice as well as lung cancer screening program providers, practice staff, and practice administrators.

Module Structure:

This module is self-paced and available to any user that registers with the Learning Lab. The estimated time to complete is approximately 90 minutes. The module consists of multiple sub-sections or units that contain video lessons, animations, readings, tools and web links.

Duration & Fee:  FREE

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 90 minutes
  • Certificate of Completion Provided

Hardware/Software Requirements:

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.

Table of Contents:

Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: Smoking and Lung Cancer and Lung Cancer Screening
Unit 3: The role of tobacco in patient eligibility and screening reimbursement
Unit 4: Systems Approach to Treatment and Self Help Materials
Unit 5: Patient Perspectives on Tobacco Addiction
Unit 6: The Provider Approach Matters
Unit 7: Motivational Conversations


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  • Course Certificate