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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

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

Health 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

NAHC’s Affiliate Home Care Technology Association of America Submits Comments on the 2015 EHR Certification Program

May 9, 2014 12:26 PM

NAHC’s affiliated Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently submitted comments to Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, on the topic of the Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) certification program. HCTAA submitted its comments, “to provide the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) with stakeholder feedback on the alignment of standards that will be required to support the interoperable exchange of health information, more robust data patient profiles during care transitions, improved care coordination, longitudinal care planning and improved patient assessments in the home health care and hospice settings.”

HCTAA - established in 2005 to amplify the voice of the home and hospice care profession and to support initiatives that encourage the use of technologies to improved person-centric longitudinal care coordination in the home – has been involved with the Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework Longitudinal Coordination of Care (LCC) Work Group (WG) since its inception in December 2011.

One of the proposed initiatives under the 2015 EHR Certification Program would provide for a voluntary EHR certification program for Long-term Post-acute Care (LTPAC) providers - including for home health care and hospice providers.

“Home care and hospice providers need to remain active in the discussion about the advancement of technologies in health care,” said HCTAA Executive Director Richard Brennan. “The proposed voluntary EHR certification program would be important to home care and hospice providers for the purposes of alignment of our EHR systems with other providers to enable systems to be more interoperable and also more integrated across care delivery models.”

According to HCTAA’s comments:

“Providers engaged in the delivery of care in the home, including home health and hospice agencies, represent a significant component of the health care delivery system. There are approximately 33,000 home health care providers delivering care to approximately 12 million individuals each year because of acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disability, or terminal illness. In most cases, the delivery of quality home health care and hospice services is very dependent upon the collaboration and exchange of health information across the continuum of care with physician practices and hospitals. Therefore, we believe it is imperative that ONC consider home health care and hospice providers as vital partners to obtain the overarching goal of interoperable health information exchange across the continuum of care…

Providers engaged in the delivery of care in the home, including home health and hospice agencies, represent a significant component of the health care delivery system. There are approximately 33,000 home health care providers delivering care to approximately 12 million individuals each year because of acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disability, or terminal illness. In most cases, the delivery of quality home health care and hospice services is very dependent upon the collaboration and exchange of health information across the continuum of care with physician practices and hospitals. Therefore, we believe it is imperative that ONC consider home health care and hospice providers as vital partners to obtain the overarching goal of interoperable health information exchange across the continuum of care…

As a stakeholder organization, we support the LCC’s recommendations that the care plan should be considered for meaningful use stage 3 and not for future stages and hope to advance needed components of care transitions and the care plan in the development of a 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Program to support the business case for electronic health information exchange with Long-term Post-acute Care (LTPAC) providers…

We also advocate for higher standards of use of the summary care record between doctors, hospitals and LTPAC providers and for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish matrix to track summary care record exchanges amongst all providers and also to examine the adoption of electronic health records by providers that are outside the Meaningful Use Incentive Program.”

The comments conclude:

“Lastly, we are a proponent of standards that are developed around the care plan will enable home care and hospice providers and physician and mid-level practitioner to maintain advanced levels of care coordination. Home health care providers, leveraging a robust information exchange around core business processes, will enable value-based care and support the delivery of cost-effective health care services in the home setting. Standards of information exchange that support improved care transitions and care plans by LTPAC providers will also be of benefit to hospital readmission efforts, primary care doctors, chronic disease and population management efforts, longitudinal care coordination, and in new care delivery models.”

To read the full comments submitted by HCTAA, please click here.

 

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