Clinical Practice Guidelines

Magellan develops or adopts clinical practice guidelines to assist providers in screening, assessing and treating common disorders. Prior to adopting each guideline, a multi-disciplinary panel including board-certified psychiatrists and clinical staff examines relevant scientific literature and seeks input from network providers as well as consumers and community agencies. Once implemented, Magellan reviews each guideline at least every two years for continued applicability and updates guidelines as necessary. We report guideline changes through our online newsletter, Provider Focus. We also encourage you to periodically return to this webpage for updates.

Magellan’s adopted guidelines are intended to augment, not replace, sound clinical judgment. We welcome your feedback and will consider all suggestions and recommendations in our next review. You may submit comments to your regional Magellan provider advisory group, medical director or to

Consumer Guidelines

Consumer guidelines are summaries of Magellan’s adopted clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) define evidence-based best practices for our network providers to use when treating our members and their families. These CPGs help our providers care for patients who have a mental health or substance use disorder.

Before a guideline is adopted, Magellan’s Clinical Practice Guidelines Task Force conducts a thorough review of clinical literature, analyzing research findings for their scientific merit and the degree to which they contribute new knowledge to the assessment and treatment of mental health or substance use disorders. The results of the literature review either form the basis for Magellan’s guidelines or are synthesized into introductions to the guidelines we adopt but that were written by other organizations, such as with the American Psychiatric Association.

View Magellan’s Clinical Practice Guidelines

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Provider Services

  • Bucks County: 877-769-9779
  • Cambria County: 800-424-3711
  • Lehigh County: 866-780-3368
  • Montgomery County: 877-769-9779
  • Northampton County: 866-780-3368


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