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2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo

2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo

Registration is now open! Spend quality time in Long Beach, California, at home care and hospice’s most exciting conference – with inspirational speakers, timely education, and the industry’s premier Expo.

 
2017 March on Washington

2017 March on Washington

Please join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) on September 11–12, 2017, as leaders and advocates for home care and hospice gather in Washington, D.C. to make our voices heard in the halls of Congress.

 
New NAHC Webinar Series on Emergency Preparedness

New NAHC Webinar Series on Emergency Preparedness

Get the necessary planning in place to provide safe care for their patients in the event of an emergency. This NAHC webinar series will provide the knowledge participants need to prepare for the unexpected with confidence.

 
NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Has Passed Away

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Has Passed Away

It is with great sadness that the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announces the passing of its president.

 

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Has Passed Away

Final 2012 Salute Val.mp4

It is with great sadness that the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announces the passing of its president, Val J. Halamandaris.

Often referred to as the “leader of the last great civil rights movement”, Val worked tirelessly for 50 years to improve the lives and secure the rights of America’s elderly and infirm. A self-described “small-town boy who came to Washington, D.C. many years ago, full of ideals,” Val responded to President John F. Kennedy’s call to public service by joining the staff of Senator Frank E. Moss (D-UT) and enrolling in George Washington University and then Catholic University Law School.

Val was quickly drawn to the issues facing senior citizens with the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging and was instrumental in crafting the landmark Medicare and Medicaid programs, including the home health benefit. In 1967, Val and Senator Moss created the “Moss Amendments,” which set minimum federal standards for nursing homes.

In 1969, Val led an eight-year investigation of nursing homes around the United States, culminating in a 12-volume report, the first of 25 major reports Val wrote for Congress. In 1972, Val produced the first hearings on hospice and wrote the original legislation to provide Medicare coverage for hospice. Val’s investigation into Medicare and Medicaid fraud made such abuse a felony and led to the creation of state and federal oversight of the problem.

Working with Rep. Claude Pepper (D-FL) in the House of Representatives, Val continued his fight for the aged by helping create the Medicare hospice benefit and reforming the sale of health insurance to senior citizens.

Distressed by the conditions he found in America’s nursing homes, Val left Congress to find what he called “a better way” – health care in the home. When Val founded NAHC, institutionalization of the elderly was the rule and home care was unknown to many. Due in no small part to Val’s hard work, leadership and unflagging advocacy, NAHC now represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations, two million nurses, therapists and other caregivers and the 12 million infirm, ill, and disabled Americans who receive  health care in their homes.

Inspired by an encounter with Mother Theresa, Val founded the Caring Institute in 1985 to promote the values of caring and public service and grant scholarship money to young persons. 

President Bill Clinton called Val “a remarkable human being and one of the most exceptional people that I have ever known” and Claude Pepper said Val was “the best, brightest, and most talented person to have worked for him in 50 years of public service.”

To the end of his days, Val was guided by these words from President Kennedy:

“What we need to do is take care of people till the end of their days, we have the resources, and we have the money. What is at stake is the very future of American democracy and how we are going to be viewed through the prism of history because all great civilizations can be measured by a common yard stick- how did they take care of our vulnerable populations.”

For his lifetime of dedication to the public good, Val will be posthumously honored with the Pope Francis Award for Charity and Leadership in October.

One of the most impactful Americans of the last 50 years, Val cannot be replaced and will never be forgotten. He is survived by his wife Kathleen M. Brennan-Halamandaris, three sons, their wives and six grandchildren, as well as his brother Bill, his wife, and son.

We hope you will visit our memorial website for Val, valjhalamandaris.nahc.org, to leave your own thoughts and tributes to a man whose contributions to health care can hardly be described and will never be forgotten. Memorial contributions may be made to the Caring Institute (http://www.caring.org/donate.html).

Featured News

Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Program Payment Adjustment Process and Enforcement of Service Codes on Home Health Claims

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Change Request (CR)10167 which provides instructions on how adjustments are to be applied to claims for the home health agencies (HHAs) participating in the Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVPB) program. read more

CMS Proposes to Incorporate Social Risk Factors in Home Health Quality Reporting Program

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register on July 28, 2017 The Calendar Year (CY) 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update proposed rule. read more

How to Fix the Face-to-Face Requirement

Monday, August 14, 2017

In late May, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Kenny Marchant (R-TX) introduced the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act, H.R. 2663, in the House of Representatives. This bill serves as a long-awaited fix to the onerous face-to-face requirement. It also allows for a settlement on improperly denied claims due to the requirement. read more

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National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers. They, in turn, depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that strives for excellence in all respects. We help our members maintain the highest standards of care.

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