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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 2014 - U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

Disease Management

The Care of Children With Congenital Heart Disease in Their Primary Medical Home (2017) - American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC)

Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2016 - Society of Critical Care Medicine and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Guidelines by Topic: Epilepsy American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society

Choosing Wisely (2018) - Choosing Wisely; American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (August 28, 2019) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Palliative Care for Adults (January 2020) - Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI)

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

Management of Concussion-mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) - 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)