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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 Preview of Exciting Education Tracks Available at 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition

July 27, 2015 09:28 AM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is holding its 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition on October 28-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The two-plus-day Annual Meeting will include 10 education tracks, each with nine 60-minute educational programs. The educational tracks include: Clinical; Financial; Health Information Technology; Hospice; Human Resources; Legal & Regulatory; Management & Leadership; Marketing & Business Development; Private Duty; and Improvements in the Quality of Care.

Individuals who attend the 2015 Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to earn up to 20 Continuing Education credits in-person, as well as additional credits through programs that will be available online. All of the course offerings will be available for credits to Nurses and Certified Public Accountants. Specific courses and credits will be available to Nursing Home Administrators, Assisted Living Administrators, and Social Workers.

“There’s no place you can go to get more information about home care and hospice. We’re offering two-plus days of 90 high-caliber education sessions. Each education session offers comprehensive and precise information that you can implement immediately upon returning to your workplace,” said NAHC President Val. J. Halamandaris.

Experts in home care, hospice and private duty presenting will deliver best practice programs and services, as well as strategies and ideas for strategic growth and service excellence. Each session has a title beginning with “how to” to ensure clarity and specificity in the session offerings. In addition, attendees will be able to view videos of many of the speakers online after they return home.

Following are the exciting education tracks available at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition:

Legal & Regulatory
The Legal & Regulatory track includes courses covering the latest information to ensure home care and hospice providers can prepare and stay in front of the changes and trends in the regulatory and legal environments. Courses include:

  • How to Overhaul Your Internal Structure to Be Prepared for the New HHCoPs
  • How to Stay Informed: Updates from Palmetto
  • How to Stay Informed: Medicare Updates From CGS
  • How to Deal with Current and Future Changes: The Home Health Regulatory Roundup
  • How to Train Staff to Be Prepared for Documentation and the New HHCoPs
  • How to Mitigate Risk; Enforcement Trends in Home Health and Hospice
  • How to Stay Informed: A Panel Update on Medicaid
  • How to Assimilate the Tools and Best Practices Derived from the Integrated Care Management Model to Meet the New HHCoPs
  • How to Develop New Models of Care for Medicaid Patients

Marketing & Business Development
The Marketing & Business development track focuses on the strategies and practical steps you can take to improve sales, marketing, and manage effective business decisions. Courses include:

  • How to Power up Your Agency, Your Income, and your Sales Team!
  • How to Survive the Continuum Consolidation
  • How to Create Successful Programs through Payer / Provider Collaboration
  • How to Develop a Niche that Meets the Needs of a Looming Epidemic: Selling Services for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
  • How to Make Home Care an Essential Part of An ACO
  • How to Brand Your Agency: Communicating your Heart and Passion
  • How to Create Lasting Partnerships and a Meaningful Value Proposition with ACOs
  • How to Improve the Customer Experience: The Keys to Improving Quality and Patient Safety
  • How to Operate a Competitive Private Duty Program in Your Home Care Agency

The Hospice track covers strategies and information to how provide effective care and adapt to current and future regulatory change. Courses include:

  • How to be Ready for Your Hospice Survey
  • How to Implement an Acuity Rating System in Your Hospice Agency
  • How to Integrate Palliative Care Into Your Community-Based Home Health and Hospice Programs
  • How to Manage a Hospice Effectively in a Time of Rapid Regulatory Change
  • How to Bring a Medical Perspective to Hospice
  • How to Deal with Current and Future Changes: Hospice Policy Roundup Part 1
  • How to Deal with Current and Future Changes: Hospice Policy Roundup Part 2
  • How to Create a “Dementia Capable” Hospice Team: Raising the Bar
  • How to Ensure a Culture of Compliance in your Hospice

Health Information Technology
The Health Information Technology track provides great insights into the amazing opportunities available to maximize the use of technology and improve outcomes. Sessions include:

  • How to Maximize Technology to Improve Quality and Reduce Cost
  • How to Make a Plan for IT Optimization and be Ready for the Future
  • How to Use Cloud Technology to Reduce Costs and Improve Compliance
  • How to Implement and Manage the Change to Outsourced Coding
  • How to Address Internal Barriers to Adopting Telehealth
  • How to Use Telehealth to Improve Outcomes: Banner Health’s Experience with Patients in its Pioneer ACO
  • How to Develop the Expertise to Put Your Agency-Specific Training Online
  • How to Re-Charge Your Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring System

Management & Leadership
The Management & Leadership Track provides executives with valuable information and crucial strategies to help run more effective organizations. The track includes sessions covering topics such as:

  • How to Use Lean Principles to Drive Organizational Excellence
  • How to Be Ready for Future Success: A Presidents’ Forum
  • How to Build a Case Management System that Leads to Success
  • How to Communicate Organizational Change
  • How to Attract and Develop Clinicians and Leaders for Growth-Oriented Post-Acute Services
  • How to Prepare for the Future of Complex Care Management
  • How to Provide Home Care for Patients in Retirement Communities
  • How to Become a High Performing Leader

The Clinical track provides strategies and guidance for developing and implementing new care programs, plans and partnerships. Sessions include:

  • How to Work with Hospitals to Provide Better Care for Patients who have Joint Replacement Surgery
  • How to Integrate Behavioral Health Screening and Treatment Programs in Home Health Care
  • How to Partner with Hospitals to Prevent Re-hospitalizations
  • How to Demonstrate the Value of Therapy Services
  • How to Implement Centralized Coding: A Case Study
  • How to Meet the Challenges of Chronic Disease Management in Our New Health Care Environment
  • How to Determine if Your Recent LUPA Patient is High Risk
  • How to Use Scope of Practice as a Guide for Nursing Practice Evaluation
  • How to Structure and Standardize Nurse-led Transitional Home Visits Using Qualitative Input from Key Stakeholders

Private Duty
The Private Duty track will cover crucial business practices and information for private duty agencies on topics such as overcoming regulatory challenges, recruiting staff, and gaining clients. Sessions include:

  • How to Solve New Challenges in Home Care
  • How to Recruit Successfully for Private Duty Care
  • How to Understand and Manage Legal Issues that Impact Private Duty Care
  • How to Gain More Clients: Tips for Private Duty Owners and Case Managers
  • How to Develop Dementia Specialty Programming for Private Duty Agencies
  • How to Stay Informed: The Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) Open Forum
  • How to Use Technology in Your Agency Now and in the Future
  • How to Grow Your Sales in Private Duty

Learn how to improve value and quality outcomes by adopting the right practices and processes. Courses under the Quality track include:

  • How Nursing Knowledge can make a Difference in Client Outcomes
  • How to Go Beyond “Safe” in Providing Home Therapy Assessments
  • How to Design a Quality Clinical Model that Drives Financial Outcomes
  • How to Cut Down on Security Risks: What You Don't Know About HIPAA Security
  • How to Be Ready For QAPI Home Care
  • How to Understand and Utilize HHQI's Cardiovascular QAPI Plan
  • How to Improve Outcomes Related to Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunization
  • How to Use Shared Governance for Quality/Process Improvement
  • How to Create Home Health Value in Pursuit of the Triple Aim

Human Resources
The Human Resources track focuses on how to recruit, train, manage and retain an effective staff. Sessions include:

  • How to Train Management to Create a Just Culture
  • How to Revisit Certified Nursing Assistant Services: The Missing Link to Comprehensive and Effective Care
  • How to Develop an International Recruitment Program
  • How to Develop Orientation Programs that Focus on Critical Thinking Competencies
  • How to Reduce Turnover, Increase Customer Satisfaction, and Grow your Business through Caregiver Certification Programs
  • How to Orient and Educate Staff: The VNSNY University Roadmap
  • How to Effectively Deal With Conflict Management
  • How to Prepare New Clinical Staff for the Challenges of Home Care in 2015
  • How to Develop Systems to Improve Clinician Competence


Learn the information, strategies, and tools you need to drive better financial outcomes. Sessions under the Financial track include:

  • How to Grow Revenue
  • How to Analyze and Contain Costs
  • How to Optimize Your Revenue Cycle in an Era of Value-Based Care
  • How to Prepare Your Hospice for the Revised Cost Reporting Requirements
  • How to Successfully Avoid the Pitfalls When Growing a Business
  • How to Improve Outcomes While Dealing with Reimbursement Cuts
  • How to Be Ready for Mergers and Acquisitions
  • How to Manage Compliance in the Revenue Cycle
  • How to Stay Informed: Financial Managers Open Forum



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