Practice Guidelines

Preventive and clinical practice guidelines are based on the health needs and opportunities for improvement identified as part of the Quality Assurance Program Improvement (QAPI) program. Whenever possible, Sunflower Health Plan adopts preventive and clinical practice guidelines that are published by nationally recognized organizations or government institutions as well as state-wide collaborative and/or a consensus of healthcare professionals in the applicable field.

Preventative Care

Final Recommendation Statement Gonorrhea and Chlamydia: Screening, September 2014 - U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

Disease Management

Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Updated 2016) - The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD)

Behavioral Health

Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders (Revised: 2/2007) - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Panic Disorder. Second Edition. (January 2009) - American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Practice parameter for the psychiatric assessment and management of physically ill children and adolescents (February 2009) - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

The Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Schizophrenia Second Edition. (April 2004) and Guideline Watch (September 2009) - American Psychiatric Association (APA)

The Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. (November 2004) and Guideline Watch (March 2009) - American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Substance Use Disorders (May 2006) and Guideline Watch (April 2007) - American Psychiatric Association (APA)

  • Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy (Obstet Gynecol 2010; 116: 1241-4) - American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 update (May 2008) - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Public Health Service

Practice parameter for the use of psychotropic medication in children and adolescents (9/2009) - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)