From 2000 to 2003, the Alliance of Community Health Plans, Washington, a nonprofit membership organization that provides services and products to managed care health plans in 24 states, worked with five health maintenance organizations to expand smoking cessation interventions in clinical settings.
- Five health plans developed and tested interventions to reduce tobacco use, targeting either providers or health plan enrollees. For example, one plan educated physicians about opportunities to enroll patients in a telephone smoking cessation program and another engaged dental providers.
- Three of the five plans showed meaningful improvement in their main outcome measures as a direct result of their interventions. However, the improvement was sustained for the life of the project only in one case.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $248,084 from July 2000 through December 2003 for the project.