Pregnancy Medical Home &
Better care, better birth outcomes
Pregnancy Medical Home
The Pregnancy Medical Home (PMH) Program was launched statewide in March 2011, with the goal of preterm birth prevention. The PMH Program aims to improve the quality of maternity care which in turn increases positive outcomes for mothers and babies, while reducing medical care costs.
CCWNC works in partnership with the NC Divisions of Medical Assistance and Public Health to offer the Pregnancy Medical Home Program. Practice support is offered through financial incentives, collaboration with pregnancy care management, clinical guidance materials and resources, and data analytics from CCNC. In turn, practices agree to work toward quality improvement goals, including:
- Reducing elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks
- Performing standardized initial risk screening
- Using 17P to prevent recurrent preterm birth
- Reducing primary c-section rates
- Collaborating with pregnancy care management programs to serve high-risk patients
Pregnancy Care Management
Each Pregnancy Medical Home is assigned a Pregnancy Care Manager (PCM) to work collaboratively with the practice. As patients who receive Medicaid are identified as having risk factors for a poor birth outcome, a PCM works to engage the patient in care management services.
Pregnancy Care Managers assess the level of need of each of their patients and this informs the level of service and intervention provided. They assist with issues such as resource linkage, patient education, and support of the overall plan of care developed by the care team. The care manager remains involved with the patient through the end of the post-partum period.
For more information or to make a referral:
Contact Julie Lovingood, OB Program Coordinator or Dr. Arthur Ollendorff, OB Physician Champion to learn more about joining our Pregnancy Medical Home program.
For external or community-based referrals, please fax referral form to 828-348-2298.
Pregnancy Care Management Referral Form