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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

More Senate Cosponsors Needed as Support Builds for Allowing NPs and PAs to Certify Home Health Services

Keep Up the Momentum by Contacting Your Senators Today
June 19, 2015 10:18 AM

While Congressional support continues to build for legislation allowing Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to certify home health plans of care, Senate leaders have indicated to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) that additional Senate cosponsors would increase the likelihood of the bill moving forward. As previously reported, earlier this year U.S. Senators Susan M. Collins (R-ME) and Chuck E. Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 578) and recently sent a letter to their Senate colleagues to rally support for the legislation. 

NAHC in coordination with other organizations supporting the bill has set the goal of achieving 40 cosponsors for the Senate bill, and as many as possible for the House bill. The Senate Finance Committee plans to markup certain non-controversial Medicare bills in the near future, and key Senate staffers have indicated that this bill would gain significant momentum to be included in the markup if it were to receive 40 cosponsors.

Recently Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined the bill bringing the total sponsors and cosponsors to 29. Please view the table to see whether your senators have cosponsored the bill, and if not use the Legislative Action Center to contact your senators to cosponsor the bill right away.

While NPs, PAs, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives are currently authorized to perform many services for Medicare beneficiaries, including ordering nursing home care and prescribing medicine, they are unable to order less costly and less intrusive home health care services.

A growing number of individuals are receiving home-based care from non-physician health professionals. However, because non-physician health professionals are unable to certify home health services, patients face the burden of visiting an unknown physician first in order to receive home health care. 

NAHC strongly supports this legislation as a means to reduce expensive hospitalizations and nursing home stays. “Outside experts assessed the impact of the bill earlier last year and projected a Medicare savings of $7.1 million in 2015 and up to a ten-year savings of $252.6 million,” stated a letter in support of the legislation from leading senior and disability advocacy groups including NAHC. “This analysis also notes the potential to reduce beneficiary admissions to and lengths of stay in institutional settings under the policy change.”

NAHC Report will continue to provide updates regarding the status of this legislation.

 

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