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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

NAHC is Hosting Two Important Web Events this Week

November 18, 2014 08:48 AM

Given all of the recent regulations that affect the home care and hospice community, NAHC’s expert staff is offering two separate web events this week that will explore what the new rules mean to home care and hospice providers.

One event, presented by Mary Carr, NAHC’s Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, and Danielle Shearer,Technical Advisor, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Clinical Standards Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is being held on Tuesday, November 18 and will focus on CMS’ new proposed Conditions of Participation.

The second web event of the week, held on Wednesday, November 19, will focus on CMS’ Final Rule for the 2015 Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update. This Final Rule contains many important policy changes – including to the Face-to-Face Physician Encounter Documentation, Quality Reporting Requirements, Therapy Assessments, and much more. This web event is being presented by Val J. Halamandaris, President, NAHC; Mary Carr, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, NAHC, and; Bill Dombi, Vice President for Law, NAHC.

More details for the two upcoming web events are included below:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

NAHC and CMS Explain the Proposed Home Health Conditions of Participation.

Program Description:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new conditions that home health care providers must meet to participate in Medicare. The proposed rule will modernize home health regulations for the first time since 1989. The rule has been posted and home health agencies will have 60 days to submit comments. Home health agencies must meet the Medicare home health conditions of participation (HH CoPs) in order to participate in the Medicare program. Agencies that fail to meet any of the HH CoPs are at risk, at a minimum, for the imposition of several sanctions and, at worst, for program termination. 

Over the years, CMS has made several significant revisions to the HH CoPs, but many of the current CoPs have remained unchanged since their inception. In 1997, CMS attempted to revise the HH CoPs through a proposed rule that focused on patient-centered, outcome-oriented quality standards. CMS did not publish a final rule within the required three years time frame, so a new proposed rule had to be issued.


  • Provide an overview of the proposed rule on home health conditions of participation for Medicare-participating home health agencies
  • Discuss the key changes associated with the proposed conditions of participation
  • Discuss rationale for changes to the proposed conditions for participation 


Registration for this NAHC event is being handled by KRM information services, inc.

Register online.

Webinar Registration Fee:

  • $125.00 NAHC Members
  • $225.00 Non-Members

Continuing Education Credits Offered to Nurses Only!

Maryland Nursing Association (MNA), our continuing education provider, will offer continuing education credits (1.5 CNE for 90 minutes) to nurses only for this webinar. All other attendees (non-nurses) who view the webinar in its entirety can obtain a certificate of attendance. Each attendee wanting a CNE or attendance certificate must enter their name in the event site roster and complete a participant feedback form. If you have difficulty retrieving your certificate, contact KRM at or call 800.775.7654.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST

What Does The CMS Final Rule—2015 Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update Mean to You?

Program Description:

The Final Rule issued recently by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) includes a myriad of important policy changes in addition to the 2015 payment rates for home health services. Among those important changes is the major modification to the rule requiring a face-to-face encounter with a physician as a condition for payment in Medicare. The Final Rule includes so much more:

  • The CY 2015 HHPPS payment rates, new case mix adjuster; wage index, and outlier payment formula weights
  • New requirements for timely therapy assessments
  • OASIS submission requirements
  • Insulin injection standards
  • A potential new Value-Based Purchasing program in home health services
  • Modifications to personnel qualifications and Civil Monetary Penalties

This event will provide you with an in-depth explanation and evaluation of each of these elements in the Final Rule, along with updates on unresolved questions and implementation guidance.


  • Identify the changes to Medicare rules regarding payment, face-to-face encounter documentation, therapy assessment requirements, and OASIS data submissions.
  • Recognize the status of a Medicare home health Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program.
  • Understand what can be expected in claims reviews for patients receiving insulin injections from a home health agency nurse.


Register Online

Web Event Registration Fee:

  • $125.00 NAHC Members
  • $225.00 Non-Members

Package (Registration and Recording):

  • $150.00 NAHC Members
  • $300.00 Non-Members


  • $125.00 NAHC Members
  • $225.00 Non-Members

Obtaining Attendance Certificates:

Please reference handout materials for obtaining attendance certificate instructions.




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