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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. 

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.

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

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’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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Former President Bill Clinton

Face-to-Face Letter Receives 62 Signatures

Congressional staffers thanked NAHC members for their help in gaining support for latest F2F letter
August 12, 2014 11:45 AM

Reps. Reed (R-NY) and Tonko (D-NY) recently circulated a Dear Colleague letter and a draft sign-on letter to CMS regarding the Medicare home health face-to-face (F2F) physician encounter requirements that continue to be a burden for home health providers. Thanks in large part to the advocacy efforts of NAHC members and its Forum of State Associations, the letter that will be sent to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner counts 62 Members of Congress as signatories.

Below is the final list of all Representatives that have signed on.

·       Frank Lobiondo (R-NJ)

·       Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)

·       Bill Owens (D-NY)

·       Steve Daines (R-MT)

·       Scott Perry (R-PA)

·       Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

·       Sanford Bishop (D-GA)

·       Tim Bishop (D-NY)

·       Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)

·       Diane Black (R-TN)

·       Bradley Byrne (R- AL)

·       Lou Barletta (R-PA)

·       Greg Walden (R-OR)

·       Ted Deutch (D-FL)

·       Austin Scott (R-GA)

·       Chellie Pingree (D-MN)

·       David Loebsack (D-IA)

·       John B. Larson (D-CT)

·       Joseph Crowley (D-NY)

·       Anne McLane Kuster (D-NH)

·       Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)

·       Joe Kennedy (D-MA)

·       Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

·       Tim Murphy (R-PA)

·       Mike Coffman (R-CO)

·       Andre Carson (D-IN)

·       Jim Gerlach (R-PA)

·       Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

·       Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

·       Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)

·       William Keating (D-MA)

·       Pat Meehan (R-PA)

·       Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

·       Doris Matsui (D-CA)

·       Niki Tsongas (D-MA)

·       Keith Rothfus (R-PA)

·       John Tierney (D-MA)

·       Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

·       Mike Kelly (R-PA)

·       Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA)

·       Steve Israel (D-NY)

·       Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI)

·       Charles W. Dent (R-PA)

·       Tom Reed (R-NY)

·       Paul Tonko (D-NY)

·       Alcee Hastings (D-FL)

·       Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

·       Chris Smith (R-NJ)

·       Albio Sires (D-NJ) 

·       Charles Rangel (D-NY)

·       Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

·       Walter Jones (R-NC)

·       Brian Higgins (D-NY)

·       Tim Griffin (R-AR)

·       Gerald Connolly (D-VA)

·       Peter King (R-NY)

·       Jim McGovern (D-MA)

·       Bill Shuster (R-PA)

·       Chris Gibson (R-NY)

·       Steve Womack (R-AR)

·       Matt Cartwright (D-PA)

·       Sam Farr (D-CA)

The letter that the above Members of Congress signed states that:

“We acknowledge that progress was made towards eliminating the required physician narrative as part of the Face-to-Face (F2F) requirement in the 2015 proposed HHPPS rule and support the inclusion of this provision in the final rule. However, concerns remain over the providers and patients whose claims are still being denied due to an insufficient physician narrative while they wait for the rule to be finalized. CMS signaled with the proposed rule that it intends to no longer enforce the physician narrative requirement.  Therefore, we urge CMS to suspend audits related to the physician narrative beginning with the date that the 2015 proposed HHPSS rule went on display (July 1, 2014).  Similarly, in light of the changes announced in the proposed rule, we urge CMS to establish a process that would allow providers to receive full reimbursement if a claim was previously denied for an "insufficient physician narrative."”

Congratulations to NAHC members in all the states that have gotten one or more of your House delegation to sign onto the letter.

To view the sign-on letter please click here.




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