Clinical Practice Guidelines

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) uses evidence-based clinical guidelines from nationally recognized sources to guide our quality and health management programs. Guidelines are designed to support the decision-making processes in patient care. Recommendations from other national entities may vary.

Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) and Preventive Care Guidelines  are adopted by BCBSOK and are the foundation for selected Condition Management Programs. These guidelines are based on established evidence-based standards of care, publicized by specialty societies and national clinical organizations. These guidelines are updated at least every 2 years and when new significant findings or major advancements in evidence-based practices and standards of care are established.

You may request a hard copy of a CPG by calling 866-670-6681. If you would like to comment on the CPGs adopted by BCBSOK, please email Dr. Douglas Stewart.

The Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) are meant to serve as general guidelines and are not intended to substitute for clinical judgment in individual cases. At this time, HCSC endorses the AAFP and ACP criteria for defining high blood pressure, which varies from the values provided in other guidelines. Providers are encouraged to make decisions based on their own judgement and most current evidence-based information available. The links below provide information about the CPGs: