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Building a comprehensive, evidence based tobacco treatment system in managed care
  1. DIANNE C BARKER, Guest Editor
  1. Barker Bi-Coastal Health Consultants
  2. 3556 Elm Drive
  3. Calabasas
  4. CA 91302
  5. USA

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    In February 1999, professionals from health plans, public health, and academia met in San Diego, California, United States to discuss opportunities and challenges in implementing tobacco control strategies in managed care. Proceedings from this second annualAddressing Tobacco in Managed Careconference comprise this supplement to Tobacco Control. Presenters include managed care plans which have been the early adopters of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) (renamed the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in December 1999) smoking cessation clinical practice guidelines,1 tobacco control leaders advocating change and providing resources, and dedicated researchers testing new practices and interventions in achieving a smoke free population.

    To all these innovators, we as patients, payers, and community members …

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