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Health Care Practice Recommendations 


Preventive Health 

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee values the care our providers deliver to our members every day. For your convenience, we’ve provided a link to a helpful guide published by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force below.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

BlueCross adopts and disseminates specific nationally recognized clinical practice guidelines for use by our network providers. The guidelines address acute and chronic medical services, and behavioral health services to assist Practitioners in making appropriate health care decisions for specific clinical circumstances. It’s our intent to make resources available to our providers that will help in this endeavor. BlueCross attests that the text and format of these compendia have not been altered in any way, and that these resources should not be construed as a legal or required standard of care.

BCBST has created a direct link from our website to these guidelines. 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.

Behavior Health CPGs

ADHD (Pediatric)

2014 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)Diagnosis and Management of ADHD in Children

(Approved 11/2018)


Autism (Pediatric)

2014 American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder

(Last reviewed 2/2019)


Eating Disorders (Pediatric)

2015 American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders

(Approved 11/2018)



2016 Veteran’s Affairs/Department of Defense (VADoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Major Depressive Disorder 

(Last reviewed 2/2019)


Substance Abuse 

2015  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) A Treatment Improvement Protocol: Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy

(Last reviewed 2/2019)


Medical CPGs


2007 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) EPR-3 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (includes: 2008 edits to the 2007 guideline)

Approved 4/2019


Back Pain 

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

(Last reviewed 7/2019)


Bright Futures ™ (Pediatrics) 

2017 Bright Futures™ Guidelines for Prevention and Health Promotion for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and their Families – Forth Edition (The 2017 Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics Periodicity Schedule Recommendations listed on the home page menu)

(Last reviewed 7/2019)


Cardiovascular Risk 

2013 Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Task Force on Practice Guidelines: Guideline on the Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk

(Last reviewed 6/2018)



2018 Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Global Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD); Report

(Last reviewed 6/2018)



2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/American Heart Association (AHA); Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults

(Last reviewed 6/2018)



2019 American Diabetes Association®(ADA) Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

(Last reviewed 4/2019)


Heart Failure 

2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/American Heart Association (AHA); and 2017 ACCF/AHA/Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) Focused update for: Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure:  A Report of the ACCF/AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines

(Last reviewed 7/2019)



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)

(Last reviewed 7/2019)



2018 Center for Disease Control & Prevention; Recommended Immunization Schedules: For Healthcare Professionals: Child, Adolescent & Catch-up

(Last reviewed 6/2018)



2013 National Institute of Health; Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Systematic Evidence Review from the Obesity Expert Panel

(Last reviewed 6/2018)



2018 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Guidelines for Perinatal Care, Eighth Edition. Available for Purchase at

(Last reviewed 6/2018)



Non ST-Elevated MI 

2014 American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association (ACCF/AHA) Guideline for the Management of Patients With Non–ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes

(Last reviewed 7/2019)


Rheumatoid Arthritis

2015 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

(Last reviewed 2/2019)


ST-Elevated MI 

2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association (ACCF/AHA) Guideline for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction & 2015 ACC/AHA Focused Update

2015 ACC/AHA/SCAI Focused Update on Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Patients With ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction

(Last reviewed 7/2019)




2018 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association; Guideline for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Guideline for Healthcare Professionals

(Last reviewed 7/2019)



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