Part 2 in the Transforming the Workforce to Provide Better Chronic Care:
The Role of Registered Nurses series.
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Community Care of North Carolina utilizes community-based obstetric (OB) nurse coordinators to help administrate and support North Carolina’s Pregnancy Medical Home program—a program that aims to improve birth outcomes while also decreasing costs for high-risk pregnant Medicaid patients. OB nurse coordinators are charged with engaging OB practices and local health departments in the program and providing them with data and quality improvement support. In addition to highlighting state policy implications, this brief also showcases how Doris Robinson, an OB nurse coordinator in southeast North Carolina, is working to drive improvements in care in her region. Since the program launched in 2011, OB nurse coordinators, like Doris, have helped to engage over 85 percent of OB practices in North Carolina that accept Medicaid.