Michigan: Resources for your sickle cell care plan
Last modified: August 12, 2021
When you work closely with patients who have sickle cell disease (SCD), you want to know that support is available for the patients, as well as for you and the other members of their care team. We’ll highlight the resources we have for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan members and for health care professionals like you.
Support for health care professionals
We encourage you to have conversations with your patients about treatment options and strategies to manage pain. Our care managers will work with you and the member’s care team:
Helping to ensure the member is engaging with their primary care provider (PCP) and hematologist
Working with members and their parents, PCPs and specialists to coordinate treatment
Helping to ensure treatment meets evidence-based guidelines, including:
Transcranial doppler (TCD) ultrasound screening annually for patients ages 2 to 15
Using antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent pneumococcal infection for patients younger than 5
Offer hydroxyurea to patients, ages 1 to 17, regardless of clinical severity, to reduce SCD-related complications
Education for health care professionals
Optum, an affiliate of UnitedHealthcare, offers culturally sensitive education courses at optumhealtheducation.com. These coursesinclude the chance to earn continuing education credits.
Please contact the member’s care manager or call us at 800-903-5253.
 Evidence-Based Management of Sickle Cell Disease: Expert Panel Report, 2014 Pediatrics, December 2014, 134 (6) e1775; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2014-2986 as well as validated by QMETRIC program and National Quality Forum.