“Meaningful use” provides a meaningful opportunity

Authors

  • Vance Rabius PhD,

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    1. Tobacco Treatment Program, Department of Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
    • Corresponding author: Vance Rabius, PhD, Department of Behavioral Science-Unit 1330, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 301439, Houston, TX 77230-1439; Fax: (713) 794-4286; varabius@mdanderson.org

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  • Maher Karam-Hage MD,

    1. Tobacco Treatment Program, Department of Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Janice A. Blalock PhD,

    1. Tobacco Treatment Program, Department of Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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  • Paul M. Cinciripini PhD

    1. Tobacco Treatment Program, Department of Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
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Abstract

A model is described for meeting the mandate that includes implementation of a comprehensive smoking (tobacco) cessation program for cancer patients as an alternative to the minimal intervention approach. The importance of an institution-wide, automated system to identify and refer tobacco users to treatment is discussed within the context of implementing the meaningful use regulations for electronic health records.

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