Veterans Home Based Primary Care

To provide primary health care in the home, through a VA interdisciplinary team, to homebound and often bedridden eligible veterans whose caregivers are capable and willing to assist in their care.

Related Programs

Agency - Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care and veteran’s benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt and seamless service to United States veterans.

Website Address

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2007, the average daily census was 13,222 and is projected to be 14,146 in FY 2008 and 20,108 in FY 2009.


Public Laws 93-82, 94-581, 96-151, and 99-166, 38 U.S.C. 1717.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Veterans are admitted to home based primary care.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The eligible veteran must require intermittent skilled nursing care and related medical services for a time-limited or a protracted period.

Medical determination as to need for home health services will be made by a VA Medical Center physician.

The veteran must meet the eligibility requirements as defined in program 64.009.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Veterans meeting the criteria listed in the Applicant Eligibility section of this program.


Military discharge papers indicating veteran served on active duty, meeting appropriate requirements within applicable laws.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Medical determination as to need for home health services will be made by a VA Medical Center physician or VA authorized private health care physician.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.



Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No limit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Services) FY 07 $173,506,000; FY 08 est $185,631,000; and FY 09 est $263,868,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

VA Manual M-1 Part 1, Chapter 30, Section II, "Hospital Based Home Care."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Chief Consultant, Geriatrics and Extended Care Strategic Healthcare Group (114), Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC 20420. Home Based Primary Care Program Coordinator, Telephone: (202) 273-6488/8540.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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