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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. 

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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.

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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

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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 element...it’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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Former President Bill Clinton

CMS Issues Hospice Quality Updates

April 22, 2015 07:59 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued updates related to both components of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP)—the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS).  Of particular note are the issuance of three new CASPER reports for the HIS, and, relative to the CAHPS hospice survey, a reminder that hospices must complete and submit the CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form by May 1, a CAHPS Hospice Survey FACT Sheet, and updates to the FAQ page.

See below for further details and links to these items.

HIS

CASPER Reporting User’s Manual

Two sections of the CASPER Reporting User’s Manual were updated:

  • Cover and Table of Contents – the three new reports display in the table of contents for Section 3.
  • Section 3 - Hospice Provider Reports contains detailed information about the new reports.

The CASPER Reporting User’s Manual is available on the QIES Technical Support Office (QTSO) website at:  https://www.qtso.com/hospicetrain.html. For only those individuals who are registered in the QIES Systems for Providers (hospice employees that submit HIS data), the CASPER Reporting User’s Manual is also available on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers of Hospice Welcome page at https://mds.qiesnet.org/hospc/home.html.  If you have any questions concerning this information, please contact the QTSO Help Desk at help@qtso.com or 1 (888) 477-7876.

New Hospice Reports Available in CASPER Reporting Application

Three new reports are available to Hospice providers in the Hospice Provider Reports category of the CASPER Reporting application:

1. HIS Record Error Detail by Provider

a. This report displays by HIS ID the errors encountered on the Hospice Item Set (HIS) records submitted during the specified period. HIS records that encountered no errors during processing will not display on the report.

b. This report is useful as it provides a list of all errors returned on the Hospice Final Validation report for a specified period into one report.

c. The report displays the following information:

i. Provider identification information

ii. HIS ID

iii. Error information including the error number, error description and type of error (Fatal or Warning)

iv. HIS Item(s) associated to the error and the data submitted for the HIS item(s).

2. HIS Record Errors by Field by Provider

a. This report summarizes by Error Number the errors encountered in submitted HIS records during the specified timeframe.

b. This report is useful as it summarizes the number of times an error occurred during the timeframe and the percent of HIS records with the error.

c. The report can be requested to display Fatal or Warning errors, or both.

d. The report displays the following information:

i. Provider identification information

ii. Message Type selected

iii. Total HIS records submitted during the selected timeframe

iv. Error Number and Error Description

v. HIS items associated to the error

vi. Number of HIS records with the error

vii. Percent of HIS records with the error

3. HIS Records with Error Number XXXXX

a. This report lists for up to 5 specified Error Numbers the HIS records submitted with those errors during a specified timeframe.

b. This report is useful as it provides detailed information for specific errors of interest.

c. The report displays the following information:

i. Provider identification information

ii. Error Number and Error Description

iii. Submission Date of the HIS record

iv. Patient’s Last Name and First Name

v. HIS ID

vi. HIS Item(s) that encountered the error

vii. Submitted Data in the HIS Item(s)

Please note-- The CASPER reporting application and these reports are ONLY available to hospice staff who are registered in the QIES Systems for Providers (these are hospice staff registered to submit HIS data to the QIES system).  For those eligible individuals, the reports are available on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers Hospice Welcome page at:  https://mds.qiesnet.org/hospc/home.html.  If you have any questions concerning this information, please contact the QTSO Help Desk at help@qtso.com or 1 (888) 477-7876.

Hospice CAHPS Survey

Updated: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Page

The FAQs page has been updated to include a new question: Who is eligible to be a “primary informal caregiver”? In addition, information has been added to the “How do you determine the eligibility of decedents/caregivers?” question, here.

CAHPS Hospice Survey Fact Sheet

The CAHPS Hospice Survey Fact Sheet located on the Home Page contains an overview of the CAHPS Hospice Survey program, information regarding the CAHPS Hospice Survey measures and information for survey vendor participation. To view or download the CAHPS Hospice Survey Fact Sheet click here.

URGENT: CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form Due

The deadline for hospices to complete and submit the CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form is May 1, 2015. Hospices must authorize an approved CAHPS Hospice Survey vendor to submit data on their behalf for the 2015 administration of the CAHPS Hospice Survey. To access the form click here.

 

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