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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

NAHC Offers Hospice “Survey Readiness” Educational Opportunity

Registration Currently Available for April 22 Event
April 8, 2015 09:24 AM

In October 2014, President Obama signed The IMPACT Act into law requiring that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), for the first time ever, ensure that each Medicare-certified hospice undergo a survey at least once every 36 months.  The requirement became effective in early April 2015, so CMS and state survey agencies have been gearing up to tackle the increased survey frequency.  However, some hospices have not had a state survey since before the revised Hospice Conditions of Participation (CoP) went into effect in late 2008.  Much may have changed since the last time a surveyor came on-site to assess the hospice’s adherence to the CoP. 

In anticipation of the greater frequency of surveys and need for hospices to prepare, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is offering a 90-minute web event designed to help hospice agencies  ensure that they are survey-ready.  The session will review the CMS’ implementation plans for the IMPACT Act and walk through the hospice federal recertification survey process.  NAHC will review the steps the surveyor(s) will take and the reports, forms, and documents hospices should have on hand or have ready access to for each of these steps.  NAHC will also advise on how to handle concerns identified by the surveyor and how to manage the survey process and the surveyor(s).  For instance, what should a hospice be prepared to provide the surveyor during the entrance interview and how much time does the hospice have to supply the information to the surveyor.

The web event—titled “Hospice Survey Preparedness and Readiness”—will occur Wednesday, April 22, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern).

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, JD, will moderate the web event.  The session will include panel presentations by hospice policy experts Katie Wehri, CHC, CHPC, Hospice Operations Expert, and Theresa Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs at NAHC.

The registration fee for participation is $125 for members and $225 for non-members. No refunds are allowed after April 20, 2015. Until that date, a 25 percent administrative cancelation fee will be charged for all cancelations. Cancelation must be made in writing to

Regarding continuing education credits (CEUs), 1.5 CEUs will be applied for Nurses.

For those unable to participate and others interested, a recording will be available for purchase after the event.

If you have questions, please email or call 866.863.3903 to receive assistance from a NAHC representative.

Click here to register for the event.




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