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Clinical Practice Guidelines

Magellan develops or adopts clinical practice guidelines to assist providers in screening, assessing and treating common disorders. Prior to adopting each guideline, a multi-disciplinary panel—including board-certified psychiatrists and clinical staff—examines relevant scientific literature and seeks input from network providers as well as consumers and community agencies. Once implemented, Magellan reviews each guideline at least every two years for continued applicability and updates guidelines as necessary. We report guideline changes through our online newsletter, Provider Focus. We also encourage you to periodically return to this webpage for updates.

Magellan’s adopted guidelines are intended to augment, not replace, sound clinical judgment. We welcome your feedback and will consider all suggestions and recommendations in our next review. You may submit comments to your regional Magellan provider advisory group, medical director or to CPG@MagellanHealth.com.

Acute Stress Disorder & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Magellan Introduction (PDF)

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Quick Reference Guide (2004); and the APA Guideline Watch: Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (2009).

The Department of Veterans Affairs / Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder (2017) (PDF) 

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Adults (2017)

ADHD

Magellan ADHD Clinical Practice Guideline (PDF)

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Magellan Introduction (PDF)

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Practice Guideline for the Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

AAP’s companion document to the guideline, Clinical Report – Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDF)

Bipolar Disorder

The American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Guideline Watch (November 2005): Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition

Depression

The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depression, Third Edition

For PCPs: Treating Depression in the Primary Care Setting (PDF)

Eating Disorders

The American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders, Third Edition (2006) and Guideline Watch (August 2012)

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Magellan Clinical Practice Guideline for the Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder  (PDF)

Managing Suicidal Patients

Magellan Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessing and Managing the Suicidal Patient (PDF)

Tip Sheet— Keeping the Patient Safe (PDF)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Magellan Introduction (PDF)

The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, First Edition (2007) and APA Guideline Watch (2013)

Panic Disorder

The American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Panic Disorder, Second Edition (January 2009) and the companion Quick Reference Guide

Schizophrenia

Introduction to Magellan’s Adopted Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Schizophrenia opens in a new window (PDF)

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

Substance Use Disorders

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Substance Use Disorders, Second Edition (May 2006)

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Treating Substance Use Disorders: A Quick Reference Guide (2006), and Guideline Watch (April 2007): Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Substance Use Disorders, 2nd Edition.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Practice Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder (2018) (PDF)

Department of Veterans Affairs / Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Substance Use Disorders (2015) (PDF)

National Institute on Drug Abuse Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (2014) (PDF)

The New England Journal of Medicine Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders (2016) 

Washington State Agency Medical Directors’ Group Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain (2015) (PDF)

The ASAM National Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder 2020: Focused Update (PDF)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Medications for Opioid Use Disorder, Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 63 (2020)

Magellan Tip Sheet -- Substance Use Disorders Identification (PDF)

Audit Tools

You can find Magellan's clinical practice guideline audit tools in the National Provider Handbook Appendix A.