Florence Pirce Grant University Professor, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice


Dr. Vincent Mor is Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice and the Florence Pirce Grant University Health in the Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Mor was on the faculty of the Department of Community Health since 1981 until it became the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice. He was tenured in 1987 and promoted to Professor in 1990. Dr. Mor was one of the founders of the Department's graduate program in 1986 and directed the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research for 10 years. He served as Chair of the Department of Community Health from 1996 until 2010.

Dr. Mor has been Principal Investigator of over 30 NIH funded grants focusing on the organizational and health care delivery system factors associated with variation in use of health services and the outcomes frail and chronically ill persons experience. He has had multiple grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund and the Retirement Research Foundation as well as contracts from the Health Care Financing Administration and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation to evaluate the impact of programs and policies in aging and long term care including Medicare funding of hospice, the costs and benefits of day hospital treatment of cancer, patient outcomes in nursing homes, the impact of short term case management for cancer patients, several studies documenting age discrimination in cancer treatment and use of home care services, and a national study of residential care facilities.

Dr. Mor was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. In 2011 Dr. Mor was given the Distinguished Investigator Award From AcademyHealth, the premier health services research organization in the country and in 2013 was given the John Eisenberg Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Agency for Health Research and Quality as well as the Distinguished Researcher Award from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.. Mor was a member of the Secretary of HHS's National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and the recently completed Institute of Medicine Committee on Long Term Care Quality. He served on the Board of AcademyHealth, the premier health services research association in the US and chairs the Independent Quality Committee for hcr-Manorcare, a US nursing home group. He has published over 400 peer reviewed articles and numerous books and book chapters on hospice, physical functioning, long term care and cancer treatment patterns among the elderly as well as the organization of AIDS health services. He is on several editorial boards including Health Services Research. 
Dr. Mor was one of the authors of the Congressionally mandated Minimum Data Set (MDS) for Nursing Home Resident Assessment and evaluated its implementation, focusing particularly on the manner it was implemented. Dr. Mor has developed several summary measures based upon MDS data to characterize residents' physical, cognitive and psycho-social functioning, all of which have been used in resident and facility level analyses of the quality of nursing home care in US and international populations. Dr. Mor was part of a team of researchers that developed and validate risk adjusted quality indicators for nursing homes, versions of which are currently being used in public reporting throughout the country.

He held a MERIT award from NIA for his research on organizational factors related to nursing home quality and residents' outcomes for 10 years and was a recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Investigator award to examine the influence of managed care and integrated delivery systems on the strategic decisions of nursing homes and their quality consequences for residents. He examined the effect of state policies on the quality of care provided nursing home residents, including hospitalization, merging primary and secondary data from all nursing facilities throughout the United States.

Dr. Mor is now funded by the NIA to undertake a large Program Project Grant, "Shaping Long Term Care in America". This program involves 3 research and administration cores and 4 separate projects all of which seek to better understand the impact of changing state Medicaid policies on long term care providers and the patients that they serve. Collaborating with colleagues from Harvard, Dartmouth and the University of Chicago, Dr. Mor and his Brown colleagues have documented large regional variation in hospitalization rates, including end of life transitions and the use of hospice and palliative care. Additionally, this research has documented substantial disparities in the care and outcomes white and minority nursing home residents receive, largely attributable to the fact that Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to reside in sub-standard facilities.


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