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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

Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts Health IT Event

HCTAA Executive Director had opportunity to ask National Coordinator for Health IT about home care’s role in Meaningful Use Standards
December 10, 2014 10:23 AM

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, DC-based think tank founded by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, recently held a forum on the role of technology in healthcare. Entitled, Promoting Innovation; Protecting Patient Safety: Advancing Use of Technology in Health Care, the forum and panelists explored a wide range of options.

At the event, senior leaders from government and the private sector shared insights on actions taken to improve health and health care through the use of technology and ways to both promote innovation and protect patient safety. Progress and stakeholder views on the development of standards and principles for reporting related to health IT were also highlighted. The experts who spoke were:

Janet Marchibroda,
Director, BPC’s Health Innovation Initiative
Executive Director, BPC’s CEO Council on Health and Innovation

Senator Bill Frist, MD,
Former Senate Majority Leader
Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center

Karen DeSalvo, MD,
Acting Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S Department of Health and Human Services

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN),
U.S. House of Representatives

Tejal Gandhi, MD
President, National Patient Safety Foundation

John Hammergren
Chairman and CEO, McKesson Corporation

NAHC sent a representative from its affiliate the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) to attend. After Dr. DeSalvo’s presentation, HCTAA Executive Director Richard Brennan had the opportunity to ask a question about the role of home care in health IT adoption. Specifically, Mr. Brennan asked:

“[Even though home care] was not incentivized for Meaningful Use, engaging with ONC has been a pleasure, as has the opportunity to share with ONC the needs of the long-term, post-acute care community. As far as the Interoperability Roadmap, can you describe how [ONC] is now looking out beyond Meaningful Use and talking about other settings beyond just the clinical, facility-based settings and how [ONC] now starts to engage those communities that were left out of the original HI-TECH Act.”

Dr. DeSalvo delivered a measured, and thoughtful response – indicating that one of the shortfalls of the original HI-TECH Act was leaving out many important communities, such as home heath:

“Part of the challenge of Meaningful Use is, as helpful as that program has been for advancing health IT in this country, it left out, for a variety of reasons, really important parts of the care continuum. If we want to connect all care - going back to the roots of ONC - we need to connect all care in addition to connecting health beyond that. Long-term, post-acute care is a vital, critical part of the continuum… There are ways that HHS alone has been looking at pulling levers that can advance health IT… We are connecting our dots to make sure that language and technical assistance is available to states and parties who want to advance beyond the existing Meaningful Use continuum.”

Dr. DeSalvo later mentioned that ONC is drafting a Federal Health IT Strategic Plan that will soon be released followed by a 60-day public comment period. 




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