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At BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc. we remain committed to working with our providers to ensure quality service to our members. It is our intent to make resources available to our providers that will help in this endeavor.  BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee attests that the text and format of these compendia have not been altered in any way, nor are these resources to be construed as a legal or required standard of care.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has created a direct link from our Web site to the guideline. We hope this will be both convenient and helpful to you in caring for your patients. Paper copies of the guidelines are available upon request by calling (423)-535-6705.

September 2016

American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Treatment of Patients With Panic Disorder, Second Edition   (2009)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA) Clinician's Guide: Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician's Guide, 2005 Edition& Medications Update (2008):

(APA)Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder, Third Edition   (2010)

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (2007):

(APA) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Substance Use Disorders, Second Edition (2006) and Guideline Watch (April 2007):

(APA) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders, Third Edition (2006) and Guideline Watch (August 2012):

July 2017

2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction:  A Report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines

2015 ACC/AHA/SCAI Focused Update

Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians (April 2017

Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Patients with Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack. A Guideline for Healthcare Professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/45/7/2160

Bright Futures™ Guidelines for Prevention and Health Promotion for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and their Families – Forth Edition (The 2017 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care is under the ‘Materials & Tools’ tab at the top of the page)

2014 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Patients With Non–ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes, A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines


2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults Report From the Panel Members Appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8)

2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure:  A Report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines

March 2017

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3 – 2007)

(Asthma: 2008 edits to the 2007 guideline)

AHA/ACCF Secondary Prevention and Risk Reduction Therapy for Patients With Coronary and Other Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease: 2011 Update: A Guideline From the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Foundation (2011)

2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults: A Report of the American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) Task Force on Practice Guidelines

Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease_2017 GOLD Report

American Diabetes Association – Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2017

Evidence-based guideline update: Pharmacologic treatment for episodic migraine prevention in adults: Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society (2012)
2013 Corrections : http://www.neurology.org/content/80/9/871.full.pdf+html

Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Systematic Evidence Review from the Obesity Expert Panel, 2013

CDC’s Recommended Immunization Schedules: For Healthcare Professionals: Child, Adolescent & Catch-up

ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists): Guidelines for Perinatal Care, Seventh Edition (2012)
Available for Purchase at: http://sales.acog.org/Guidelines-for-Perinatal-Care-Seventh-Edition-P262C54.aspx

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