DHHS Study of Maternal and Neonatal Care

nc-stampSB 311 – DHHS Study/Maternal and Neonatal Care

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Don Davis (D – Pitt), Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R – Forsyth)

HB 741 – DHHS Study/Maternal and Neonatal Care

Primary Sponsors: Rep. Greg Murphy (R – Pitt), Rep. Beverly Boswell (R – Dare), Rep. Gale Adcock (D – Wake), Rep. Carla Cunningham (R – Mecklenburg)

This bill would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to study issues pertaining to high-quality, risk appropriate maternal and neonatal care. The study would include the following:

  • Complexity levels of care currently being provided by delivering hospitals in caring for birth mothers and newborns;
  • How current systems of referral and transport to different facilities and specialty providers based on patient risk are being managed;
  • Disparities in access to risk-appropriate maternal and hospital care;
  • Service gaps;
  • Issues that impact the ability to most appropriately match patient need with provider skill; and
  • Recommendations for steps that can be taken to ensure that pregnant women receive quality prenatal care, and that mothers and newborns are cared for in a facility that meets their needs.

The Department would make an interim report of its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly before May 1, 2018. A final report would be given to the 2019 General Assembly.

This bill was introduced by Rep. Greg Murphy (R – Pitt), in the House Health Committee on April 19, 2017. The bill received a favorable report, and will move to the House floor.

This bill was heard in the House on April 20, 2017. The bill passed with a vote of 115-0, and will now move to the Senate.


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