Dr. Monica O’Reilly-Jacob, Ph.D., FNP-BC, is a nursing health services researcher with a focus in primary care. Major research themes include nurse practitioner policy and practice as well as low-value care. Through Medicare claims analysis and survey research, Dr. O’Reilly-Jacob examines NP scope of practice, the cost and quality of NP care and (re)emerging delivery system innovations such as NP-owned practices and NP home-based primary care.
In addition, Dr. O’Reilly-Jacob participates in interdisciplinary research teams to identify and examine questions related to the reduction of low-value care in the primary care setting. The overarching goal of her research is to capitalize on the cost-effective practice style of nurse practitioners to improve the appropriate utilization of primary care.
For ten years prior to her doctorate in health policy, Dr. O’Reilly-Jacob provided primary and urgent care to vulnerable populations in federally qualified community health centers and rural clinics of Central America.