Behavioral health guidelines are evidence-based treatment options for common behavioral health conditions. Derived from credible sources and reviewed semiannually by Humana psychiatrists who support the treatment options, these guidelines are a means to standardize treatment options with the most effective interventions available.

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The following behavioral health clinical practice guidelines are a resource for behavioral healthcare providers:

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder , PDF opens new window

Autism (new for 2020)
American Academy of Pediatrics
Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder , PDF opens new window

Bipolar disorder
American Psychiatric Association
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder , PDF opens new window

Depressive disorders
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Depressive Disorders , PDF opens new window

General Anxiety (new for 2020)
American Family Physician
Diagnosis and Management of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder in Adults , PDF opens new window

Major depressive disorder
American Psychiatric Association
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder , PDF opens new window

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (new for 2020)
The Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Work Group, The Office of Quality, Safety and Value, Office of Evidence Based Practice, U.S. Army Medical Command
VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress , PDF opens new window

Schizophrenia in adults
American Psychiatric Association
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia , PDF opens new window

Substance use disorders in adults
American Psychiatric Association
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Substance Use Disorders , PDF opens new window

Substance use disorders in children and adolescents
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders , PDF opens new window

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Humana periodically monitors compliance with nationally recognized clinical practice guidelines.

Humana publishes medical guidelines from a number of well-respected national sources. These guidelines may have some differences in recommendations. Information contained in the guidelines is not a substitute for a physician’s or other healthcare professional's clinical judgment and is not always applicable to an individual. Therefore, the physician or healthcare professional and patient should work in partnership in the decision-making process regarding the patient’s treatment. Furthermore, using this information will not guarantee a specific outcome for each patient. None of the information in the guidelines is intended to interfere with or prohibit clinical decisions made by a treating physician or other healthcare professional regarding medically available treatment options for patients. Publication of these guidelines is not a promise or guarantee of coverage. Individuals should review their coverage to determine benefits.

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