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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 2021 - U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

Disease Management

Guidelines by Topic: Epilepsy (Publication Dates Vary) - American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society

Choosing Wisely - Choosing Wisely; American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation

2022 AHA/ACC/HFSA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Joint Committee on Clinical Practice Guidelines - American College of Cardiology (ACC) Foundation, American Heart Association (AHA) Task Force on Practice Guidelines and the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA)

Transitions of Care in the Long-Term Care Continuum Clinical Practice Guidelines - American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - United States, 2022 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care 4th Edition - National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care

National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (PDF) (2017) - Association Of Maternal And Child Health Programs and the National Academy For State Health Policy

Management of Concussion-mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) (2021) - United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD)

For Healthcare Providers: New Zika and Dengue Testing Guidance (November 2019) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Behavioral Health

Guidance on Strategies to Promote Best Practice in Antipsychotic Prescribing for Children and Adolescents (PDF) (March 2019) - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)