Part 3 in the Transforming the Workforce to Provide Better Chronic Care:
The Role of Registered Nurses series.
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Hennepin Health, a safety-net accountable care organization in Minnesota, has begun to integrate primary care into Hennepin County Mental Health Center through a behavioral health nurse care coordinator. The behavioral health nurse care coordinator ensures her patients’ care is comprehensive and coordinated by doing complete assessments of patients’ medical health, behavioral health, and social needs, as well as providing basic on-site medical triaging and patient education.
In addition to highlighting state policy implications, this brief also showcases how Amber Morgan, the behavioral health nurse care coordinator, is able to drive improvements in care for her patients. Since hiring Amber, early data has shown that inpatient hospitalizations and the use of the emergency department among behavioral health patients have decreased.
This brief is the third in a six-part series, supported by the AARP Public Policy Institute, which explores the evolving role of nurses in new delivery system models.
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