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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

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.

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’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

Special Hospice Educational Offering at the NAHC Annual Meeting: Hospice Cost Report Intensive

Three Consecutive Sessions, One Day Only: Monday, October 20, 2014
September 16, 2014 11:03 AM

In light of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) very recent release of the final hospice cost report revisions, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has revised its hospice educational offerings for the forthcoming NAHC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, October 19 - 22, to include expanded training related to the hospice cost report.

This Hospice Cost Report-Intensive” consists of three consecutive sessions related to the revised and expanded hospice cost reporting requirements that will all be held in a single day --Monday, October 20. Following is additional information about the new sessions.

For additional information about the NAHC Annual Meeting, please click here.

Monday, October 20 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

318 – How to Prepare Your Hospice for the Revised Cost Reporting Requirements (Part 1)

CMS has released the long-awaited final version of the revised Hospice Cost & Data Report effective for cost reporting years beginning on or after October 1, 2014. Part 1 of this two-part program provides attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the changes to existing cost reporting requirements.


  • Describe the general cost reporting requirements and changes thereto
  • Identify and describe the changes in cost centers and the underlying accounting records required of hospices
  • Outline a comprehensive list of statistical information required for accurate completion of the revised report
  • Identify those costs and transactions that pose difficulty for the hospice in accounting and cost reporting

Faculty: William T. Cuppett, CPA, Managing Member, The Health Group, LLC, Morgantown, WV

Monday, October 20 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

413 – How to Prepare Your Hospice for the Revised Cost Reporting Requirements (Part 2)

Part 2 of this two-part program will focus on practical preparation for and completion of the newly revised Hospice Cost & Data Report, effective for cost reporting years beginning on or after October 1, 2014. Attendees will be able to take information provided in this session back to their respective hospice and begin or enhance their planning process.


  • Describe those critical elements of the hospice’s accounting records (chart of accounts) enabling the hospice to report revenues and expenses
  • Provide attendees with sample worksheets for purposes of accumulating financial and statistical information necessary to complete the cost report
  • Provide attendees with the underlying information to assess alternative statistical bases for allocation of costs and direction in making requests of their MAC
  • Identify potential enhancements to cost report through changing the order of cost allocations and describe the special requests that must be made to Medicare’s Administrative Contractor (MAC) for permission; demonstrate other practical techniques intended to ease the cost reporting burden while enhancing the quality of the cost report submission

Faculty: William T. Cuppett, CPA, Managing Member, The Health Group, LLC, Morgantown, WV

Monday, October 20 4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

516 – How to Maximize the Value of the New Cost Reporting Requirements through its Use as a Management Tool

The data collection and reporting requirements associated with the new hospice cost report pose immediate challenges to hospices.  But they also promise more detailed data that can strengthen efforts to reduce costs and enhance efficiencies.  New cost report data collections can assist with analysis of cost trends and profitability (and loss) by level of service, and to benchmark your hospice’s explicit costs and costs per day against other hospices throughout the nation.  This session provides insight and guidance as to how thoughtful use of this new resource can help improve your hospice’s overall financial health.


  • Discuss effective methods for tracking and analyzing key hospice cost and utilization data, and for identifying  areas of financial risk
  • Identify key benchmarks for comparison against other hospices throughout the nation
  • Develop methods for engaging key organizational stakeholders in efforts to improve operational efficiencies

Faculty: Robert Simione, Managing Principal, Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC, Hamden, CT

To view all education opportunities, click here.

To register for this year’s NAHC Annual Meeting, click here.




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