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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 Releases Educational Program Offerings for the 2015 Annual Meeting

April 20, 2015 09:39 AM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has posted 90 educational offerings for the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting, which will take place October 29-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Individuals who attend the 2015 Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to earn up to 20 Continuing Education credits in-person through the general session and pre-conference opportunities, as well as many more additional credits through programs that will be made available online.

“This is the greatest home care and hospice show on earth,” said NAHC President Val. J. Halamandaris. “These educational programs are as valuable and high-caliber as they are rewarding and convenient for our members.  With each program having a title that begins with ‘how to,’ we will offer comprehensive and precise information that participants can implement immediately upon returning to their workplace.  There is nowhere else you can go to get so much information on home care and hospice.”

Throughout the two-day Annual Meeting, there will be ten different tracks with nine 60-minute educational programs in each.  The ten educational tracks will include: Clinical; Financial; Health Information Technology and Telehealth; Hospice; Human Resources; Legal and Regulatory; Management and Leadership; Marketing and Business Development; Private Duty; and Improvements in the Quality of Care.

This year’s process of identifying and selecting programs began with an updated Request for Proposals.  This process was re-organized making the submission process easier.  Board, staff, and advisory board members gave input and participated in program review.  Among the topics that will be included: programs on behavioral health and home care; how to partner with hospitals and other providers; IT optimization and outsourcing coding; the latest on ICD-10; growing revenue and containing costs; merger and acquisition; working with ACOs’; hospice and home care policy roundups; recruitment, orientation and staff development programs; the latest on the HHCoPs’; communicating organizational change; and leadership development to name a few. 

The focus of program selection was to: 1) identify experts in home care, hospice and private duty presenting alongside providers; 2) deliver best practice programs and services; and 3) deliver knowledge and ideas for strategic growth and service excellence.  Similar to the educational programs at last year’s Annual Meeting, each of the educational programs will have titles beginning with “how to,” offering specific advice and guidance on how to improve the various aspects of home care and hospice operations. 

In addition to the 90 programs, many speakers will be solicited in advance to make video presentations that will be available for attendees to view on their computers when they return home to their agencies.

NAHC is now in the process of soliciting partners who will host four pre-conference events that will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  These of course will be of the highest caliber and NAHC looks forward to providing more details as they are available.

All of the course offerings and credits will be available to Nurses for nursing credits and Certified Public Accountants for accounting credits.  Specific courses and credits will also be available to Nursing Home Administrators, Assisted Living Administrators, and Social Workers.

You can access the educational program offerings here.




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