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Center for Home Care Policy & Research

The Center for Home Care Policy & Research at VNS Health advances the knowledge base of home- and community-based services. It does this by conducting scientifically rigorous research and supporting informed decision-making by providers, policymakers, and consumers.

At VNS Health, we transform data into information for action.

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About the Center for Home Care Policy & Research

At VNS Health, we believe that advancing the future of home care is just as important as providing expert care in the present. Using rigorous and objective research, we are committed to guiding the future of community-based and home care services. 

Actively Recruiting!

We are currently seeking candidates for Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist positions.

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Active projects in 2022

$59 million

Awarded in federal and private grant and contract funding


Papers published

Current Research Projects

The Center for Home Care Policy & Research recently published a research study about the recovery of patients with COVD-19 in home health care. The study included 1,409 home health care patients discharged from 64 hospitals and cared for by VNS Health.

The study showed significant improvements in COVID-19 patients who received skilled home health care services after being discharged from the hospital. The results also suggested that home health care may be underutilized in the recovery of COVID-19 patients — and it could be a safe haven in future stages of the pandemic.

Our current research projects fall into three focus areas:

  • Improving the quality, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes of home care services

  • Analyzing and informing public policies that affect home-based care

  • Supporting communities that promote successful aging in place

VNS Health Is a Learning Healthcare System

VNS Health embraces the qualities of a Learning Healthcare System (LHS). As defined by the National Academy of Medicine, an LHS is a model that: 

  • Generates and applies the best evidence for the collaborative health care choices of each patient and provider
  • Drives the process of discovery as a natural outgrowth of patient care
  • Ensures innovation, quality, safety, and value in health care
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How to Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with the Center for Home Care Policy & Research at VNS Health. Whether you’re a researcher, student, volunteer, health professional, or donor or you’re in the job market, join us in making impactful change for quality and cost-effective home care. 

The Research Center Team

Led by our Vice President & Director of Research, Kathy Bowles, RN, PhD, FACMI, FAAN, van Amerigen Chair in Nursing Excellence & Professor of Nursing at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and Margaret McDonald, MSW, Associate Director, our team includes distinguished scientists and researchers from or in collaboration with world-class research institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University School of Nursing, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York University, and Harvard Medical School.

Contact the Research Center.