Resources for Providers: Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for behavioral health and medical conditions and preventive services.
Community Health Network of Washington and Community Health Plan of Washington use guidelines for chronic diseases (including medical and behavioral health conditions) and for preventive services, as listed below. Reference is made to the pertinent evidence-based, peer-reviewed guidelines from Nationally recognized agencies. The guidelines are intended to help guide providers in their care of our members including CHNW Cascade Select, CHPW Medicare, CHPW Apple Health-Integrated Managed Care, and CHPW Behavioral Health Services Only members. The guidelines also ensure that the criteria used for utilization management decisions are current.
All guidelines are reviewed at a minimum of once every two years. The Clinical Quality Improvement Committee (CQIC), which includes medical and behavioral health providers and quality specialists, participates in this review and approves any changes. Paper copies of the guidelines are available for members or providers on request, as well as at the links provided.
CHPW also participates and follows recommendations of the Bree Collaborative. Every year, the Bree Collaborative identifies health care services with high variation in the way that care is delivered, that are frequently used but do not lead to better care or patient health, or that have patient safety issues. Topics that are selected for review are reviewed by an expert workgroup to develop evidence-based recommendations. Recommendations take into account existing quality improvement programs and the work done by other organizations and are then sent to the Washington State Health Care Authority to guide the type of health care provided to Apple Health enrollees, state employees, and other groups. Topics include behavioral health, pain management, oncology, surgery, reproductive health and aging. Providers should review the recommendations from the Bree Collaborative to ensure that they are delivering care that follows best practices.