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In the various roles he has undertaken through the years, Val J. Halamandaris has been a singular driving force behind the policy and program initiatives resulting in the recognition of home health care as a viable alternative to institutionalization. His dedication to consumer advocacy, which enhances the quality of life and dignity of those receiving home health care, merits VNA HealthCare Group’s highest recognition and deepest respect. 

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VNA HealthCare Group

I have the highest respect for them, especially for the nurses, aides and therapists, who devote their lives to caring for people with disabilities, the infirm and dying Americans.  There are few more noble professions.

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President Barack Obama

Home health care agencies do such a wonderful job in this country helping people to be able to remain at home and allowing them to receive services

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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Chair, Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Heath care at home…is something we need more of, not less of.  Let us make a commitment to preventive and long-term care.  Let us encourage home care as an alternative to nursing homes and give folks a little help to have their parents there.

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Former President Bill Clinton

Home care is a combination of compassion and efficiency.  It is less expensive than institutional care...but at the same time it is a more caring, human, intimate experience, and therefore it has a greater human element...it’s a big mistake not to try to maximize it and find ways to give people the home care option over either nursing homes, hospitals or other institutions

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Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

Medicaid covers long-term care, but only for low-income families.  And Medicare only pays for care that is connected to a hospital discharge....our health care system must cover these vital services...[and] we should promote home-based care, which most people prefer, instead of the institutional care that we emphasize now.

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Former U.S. Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-CD)

We need incentives to...keep people in home health care settings...It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care.

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U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

 

Home care is clearly the wave of the future. It’s clearly where patients want to be cared for. I come from an ethnic family and when a member of our family is severely ill, we would never consider taking them to get institutional care. That’s true of many families for both cultural and financial reasons. If patients have a choice of where they want to be cared for, where it’s done the right way, they choose home.

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Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

A couple of years ago, I spent a little bit of time with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its president, Val J. Halamandaris, and I was just blown away. What impressed me so much was that they talked about what they do as opposed to just the strategies of how to deal with Washington or Sacramento or Albany or whatever the case may be. Val is a fanatic about care, and it comes through in every way known to mankind. It comes through in the speakers he invites to their events; it comes through in all the stuff he shares.

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Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

Val’s home care organization brings thousands of caregivers together into a dynamic organization that provides them with valuable resources and tools to be even better in their important work. He helps them build self-esteem, which leads to self-motivation.

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Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney and author of Think Out of the Box

Val is one of the greatest advocates for seniors in America. He goes beyond the call of duty every time.

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Arthur S. Flemming, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Val has brought the problems, the challenges, and the opportunities out in the open for everyone to look at. He is a visionary pointing the direction for us. 

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Margaret (Peg) Cushman, Professor of Nursing and former President of the Visiting Nurses Association

Although Val has chosen to stay in the background, he deserves much of the credit for what was accomplished both at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he was closely associated with me and at the House Select Committee on Aging, where he was Congressman Claude Pepper’s senior counsel and closest advisor. He put together more hearings on the subject of aging, wrote more reports, drafted more bills, and had more influence on the direction of events than anyone before him or since.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Val’s most important contribution is pulling together all elements of home health care and being able to organize and energize the people involved in the industry.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

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Kathleen Gardner Cravedi, former Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging

Without your untiring support and active participation, the voices of people advocating meaningful and compassionate health care reform may not have been heard by national leaders.

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Michael Sullivan, Former Executive Director, Indiana Association for Home Care

All of us have been members of many organizations and NAHC is simply the best there is. NAHC aspires to excellence in every respect; its staff has been repeatedly honored as the best in Washington; the organization lives by the highest values and has demonstrated a passionate interest in the well-being of patients and providers.

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Elaine Stephens, Director of Home Care of Steward Home Care/Steward Health Systems and former NAHC C

Home care increasingly is one of the basic building blocks in the developing system of long-term care.  On both economic and recuperative bases, home health care will continue to grow as an essential service for individuals, for families and for the community as a whole.

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Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

NCOA is excited to be part of this great event and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging.

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National Council of Aging

NAHC, Home Care Providers Offer Members of Congress Telehealth Demonstrations

June 13, 2013 09:47 AM
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Clockwise from right: Anna Doyle, RN, of THA Group; Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA); NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris and HCTAA Executive Director Richard Brennan

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Rep. Kingston and NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Discuss the Challenges Home Care Providers Face in Adopting Health IT

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From Left: Legislative Director Hill Thomas looks on as Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) gets to experience a remote patient monitoring machine firsthand by Anna Doyle, RN of THA Group

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Clockwise from left: Rep. Barrow (D-GA); his Legislative Director Hill Thomas; Anna Doyle, RN of THA Group; HCTAA Executive Director Richard Brennan; Pat Laff of Laff Associates and NAHC Vice President of Government Relations Jeff Kincheloe.

The National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), and its affiliate the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently worked with several home care providers to demonstrate to Members of Congress the value, promise and potential that telehealth holds for those who need home healthcare.

Representatives from NAHC and HCTAA were joined by Pat Laff, Managing Principal at Laff Associates in Hilton Head, SC; and Anna Doyle, RN, Patient Advocate & Telehealth Specialist with THA Group in Savannah, GA. The group provided comprehensive telehealth demonstrations to several members of the Georgia and South Carolina Congressional delegations. The meetings were set up, and the technology was brought, by representatives from THA Group.

“The opportunity to demonstrate innovative uses of remote patient monitoring and the role of the telehealth nurse in the delivery of home care to Members of Congress has tremendous value,” said Richard D. Brennan, Jr., MA, Executive Director of HCTAA.  “Home care providers need to take every opportunity to educate their Members of Congress on the efficiencies and cost savings obtained from technology adoption and also implore Congress to reimburse home health care providers for the use of technology in Medicare.”

The Members of Congress who received telehealth demonstrations were Representatives John Barrow (D-GA), Jack Kingston (R-GA) and Mark Sanford (R-SC). Each member had the opportunity to be connected to a remote patient monitoring device while Ms. Doyle asked them questions and walked them through their vital signs – just as would happen when the machines are used with home health patients.

Among the vital statistics the remote patient monitoring system collected were the congressman’s weight and blood pressure. “Unfortunately, the machine doesn’t lie,” joked Congressman Barrow.

During the visit with Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA), NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris joined the group and stressed the benefits and cost-saving potential that remote patient monitoring has for home healthcare beneficiaries. “Once you see how this technology works, we hope you will become an advocate of it,” said Mr. Halamandaris. “There’s a real premium in keeping people out of the hospitals, which these devices help to do.”

The telehealth demonstrations not only gave key lawmakers insight into the benefits that remote patient monitoring has on home healthcare, but it also offered NAHC and HCTAA officials the opportunity to educate Members of Congress on key issues affecting health information technology within home care.

One piece of legislation, the FITT Act, was specifically highlighted, as the sort of technology that was displayed during the visits would become more readily available to home healthcare providers were it to become law.

The FITT Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator John Thune earlier this year, and a House version will likely be introduced in the coming weeks.

For more information on the FITT Act, and to encourage your lawmakers to support it, please click here.

 

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