Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines summarize evidence-based management and treatment options for specific diseases or conditions.

Practice guidelines are developed nationally and adopted locally through Provider Advisory Committee that include practicing physicians who participate in the plan. This group also suggests topics for guideline development, based on relevance to enrolled membership, with high-volume, high-risk, problem-prone conditions as the first priority.

The Aetna Better Health Medicaid and CHIP programs have adopted the following guidelines:

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma; National Heart Lung, and Blood Institute. Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

 National Cancer Institute  - to view the full text of this guideline.

American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation Secondary Prevention and Risk Reduction Therapy for Patients With Coronary and Other Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease

2014 American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Medical Care for Patients with Diabetes


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has important preventive health services for you and your family.

Other supporting material

American Psychiatric Association’s Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder, Third Edition; Treating patients with major depressive disorder.

Other supporting material

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has important services for you and your baby. 

Other supporting material

General guidelines

You can view full text of this guideline.