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American Lung Association (lung.org)

Site includes extensive references for chronic lung disease such as asthma, COPD emphysema and chronic bronchitis, as well as lung cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and other factors, such as smoking, that affect the lungs. The organization also maintains a HelpLine staffed by Registered Nurses and Registered Respiratory Therapists to answer your lung health questions at 1-800-LUNGUSA (or 800-548-8252). Or submit a question online to the ALA

Aneurysms (MedlinePlus)

Includes AAA - abdominal aortic aneurysm (which CDC states is caused by smoking), cerebral (brain) aneurysm, peripheral aneurysms and stroke, angiograms, catheter angiography, CT or MR Angiography, duplex ultrasound, surgical aneurysm repair, catheter embolization

Cancer Information - Call 1-800-4-Cancer (free info)

The National Cancer Institute offers this toll-free number to call 1-800-422-6237 to answer your questions about cancer, and help you quit smoking. Available Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.- 4:30. Can also get help online from a cancer information specialist. The service is confidential

Cigarette Smoking Among Adults - United States, 2014

Official statistics from CDC, based on the 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS data on over 36,000 people). The US Healthy People 2020 goal is to reduce the percent of adults smoking to 12% of the population - the same goal as in 2010. Data for 2014 showed 16.8% of adults smoked, improved from 20.9% in 2005. For those below poverty level, 26% smoked; high school graduates had a 21.7% smoking rate, compared to under 6% for those who had a graduate degree. About 480,000 premature deaths per year are attributed to smoking. Reported in MMWR Nov. 13, 2015. See also 2015 NCHS data brief linked at the end, on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease (2010)

An excerpt from the report: Cigarettes are responsible for approximately 443,000 deaths each year in the United States, which is one in every five deaths. Chapter 9 lists 42 recommendations. From the Dept of Health and Human Services, CDC and the Surgeon General, Dec. 2010

Smoking (MedlinePlus)  Editor's Pick

According to the CDC, adults who smoke cigarettes die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. Site includes topics like Tobacco-related Mortality, Genes and Smoking, Cigarettes and Nicotine, Increased Risk for Cataracts, Lung Cancer, COPD, Effects on Infertility, Statistics (about 1 in 5 adults smokes), Lung pictures, and how much money you will save when you quit smoking

Smoking and Youth (MedlinePlus)

Topics include flavored cigarettes, brain's response to nicotine (Mind over Matter), parenting, schools, where kids get their cigarettes, more

State Comparisons: Percent of Smokers who Tried to Quit Smoking, 2013

Kaiser Family Foundation at StateHealthFacts.org - Map showing state by state percent of smokers who attempted to Quit Smoking. Overall 60% tried to quit, US-wide according to the most recent (2013) data. What is happening in your state?

Tobacco Lobbying Spending, 2010-2011  Editor's Pick

The Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets.org) has identified $16.7 million spent lobbying by the tobacco industry in 2010. Altria spent over $10 million of it. See who else contributed those monies, and where the $13 million year to date 2011 is coming from

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AMA: 271 Clinical Performance Measures for Physicians, 2012 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

The American Medical Association's Consortium for Performance Improvement has agreed on 271 measures in 42 clinical topics, that are supported by evidenced-based clinical guidelines. Topics include diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart care, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, pneumonia, emergency care, prenatal testing, cancer screening, smoking, prostate cancer care, ear and eye problems, depression, surgical infection prevention, GERD, end-stage renal disease, chronic kidney disease, substance abuse, wound care and more. Written for medical professionals, but consumers might learn something about appropriate physician care

California - 2016-17 HMO, PPO, & Medical Group Ratings Report Card  Editor's Pick

Compare 10 largest California HMO health insurance plans: Aetna Health, Anthem Blue Cross HMO, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern CA regions, Sharp, United Healthcare and Western Health Advantage. Compare 5 PPOs: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare. Clear, simple star system used for overall rating. In addition, get more details about member satisfaction, complaint rates, asthma, cancer screening, child/adolescent health, diabetes, heart care, maternity care, mental health, back pain, immunization, and smoking cessation. More than 200 Medical Group ratings also provided by county for the larger groups of doctors. Prepared by the California state Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA), using 2015 data (reported in 2016)

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2015  Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for 95 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Sample Topics: Screening Mammography at age 50, Cancer (e.g. which is more cost effective - colonoscopy or fecal occult blood testing for colorectal cancer?), recommended screening for bladder cancer or skin cancer, Heart Disease (including aspirin for prevention), smoking cessation, screening for depression in children, diabetes screening, folic acid supplements, glaucoma screening, osteoporosis, COPD and spirometry

Prevention Makes Common "Cents"

Detailed report by US Department of Health and Human Services (September 2003) addressing the cost of disease and illness. Specific sections are included on Overweight and Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease, Asthma, and Tobacco Use. Metabolic Syndrome also discussed

Prevention Priorities

Rankings of preventive services. Partnership for Prevention, a nonpartisan organization of business, nonprofit and government leaders working to make evidence based disease prevention and health promotion a national priority

Rhode Island - Top Ratings for Health Insurance Plans (NCQA)

Tufts had two plans that earned the top 5.0 rating from NCQA. Based on Quality, Member Satisfaction and accreditation results. Published Sept. 2016

Texas - Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2016 (OPIC)

Lengthy (252 pages) but valuable report showing detailed clinical quality comparisons between HMO health insurance plans for indicators such as asthma, childhood immunizations, cancer screening, heart care, high blood pressure, diabetes care, prenatal care, mental health care, flu shots, ER visit rates, rates of physician board certification, and more. Pub. by TX Office of Public Insurance Council Nov. 2016

Vermont - Compare Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2014 (pdf)

Compare Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT, CIGNA, MVP, and The Vermont Health Plan BlueCare on consumer and patient experiences; how well the plans do cancer screening, flu shot and other immunizations, antibiotic use in kids, prenatal care, asthma & bronchitis care, mental health treatment, back pain evaluation, alcohol dependence and COPD care. State report by Dept. of Banking, Insurance uses 2014 CAHPS and 2013 HEDIS data; 4 pages

Wisconsin Collaborative (WCHQ) - Physician Group Ratings  Editor's Pick

Compare WI physician clinics on measures related to Appointment availability (time to schedule a doctor's appt.), Diabetes, heart care, Hypertension, Cholesterol management, smoking & osteoporosis screening, pneumonia shot, patient satisfaction with clinics, and screening for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer & Colorectal Cancer. Includes Affinity, Aurora, Bellin, Columbia St. Mary's, Dean, Franciscan Skemp, Gundersen Clinic, Luther Midelfort, Marshfield Clinic, Medical College Physicians, Mercy, Prevea, ProHealth, ThedaCare, UW Health and Wheaton Franciscan. Some info for Monroe Clinic, West Bend, and LakeShore Medical. The Sort-by-Rank option helps you see better performers on the top of your list for some items. Easy to read reports by WI Collaborative for Healthcare Quality; 2009 and 2010 data

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality - Hospital Inpatient Ratings & Prices

Compare hospital performance ratings for Surgery (including heart valves, gastric bypass [weight loss], angioplasty [PCI]), Heart Care, Maternity Care, Pneumonia, computerized physician orders to prevent medication errors, ICU staffing and more. Over 20 hospitals participate. Shows charges (average 2008 price) for some heart care, knee replacement, childbirth delivery, and pneumonia care; includes Leapfrog, CMS/Joint Commission measures. Some 2009 data. WCHQ report

Wisconsin Health Reports.org - Compare Medical Group Ratings

Compare the care provided by physicians and doctors in about 20 medical clinics across WI. Medical group ratings are shown for diabetes care, kidney function testing, heart care, cholesterol testing, blood pressure control, smoking advice to patients. Easy to read language; must be able to use a drop-down menu. Aurora, Bellin, Dean, Gundersen Lutheran, Mayo, Marshfield Clinic, Prevea, ProHealth, ThedaCare, UW and others. Sponsored by WCHQ Collaborative, WI Hospital Assn, and WI Medical Society; 2009-2010 data

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