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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

Annual Meeting Spotlight: Exciting Legal & Regulatory Education Sessions Available

July 31, 2015 03:07 PM

The Legal & Regulatory education track at the 2015 annual meeting includes courses covering the latest information that home care and hospice providers need to prepare for changes and trends, both legal and regulatory. 

“The Legal & Regulatory education track will help agencies stay ahead of the changing regulatory and legal environments, highlighting keys issues and offering clear strategies and advice that agencies can implement after the meeting in order to prepare for the future,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

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.

Following are some of the exciting courses available under the Legal & Regulatory track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition:

How to Overhaul Your Internal Structure to Be Prepared for the New HHCoPs

CMS's new rule for home health agencies constitutes a major shift in the regulations. Changes in the HHCoPs may require HHAs to overhaul their internal structures, especially with the new focus on quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI). As CMS gears up to propose rules for mandatory provider compliance programs, learn how you can incorporate compliance and ethics activities into your QAPI program, integrate HHCoPs within your compliance program, and appreciate the difference.

How to Stay Informed: Updates from Palmetto

Palmetto GBA is the Medicare administrative contractor for many home health and hospice agencies in the US. This program will include information on the most recent Medicare regulatory updates and changes. Participants will also learn about some available tools and resources that will allow them to better implement processes to ensure compliance with the regulations. In addition, participants will increase their knowledge of electronic data interchange (EDI) functions and processes.

How to Stay Informed: Medicare Updates From CGS

CGS, the Medicare administrative contractor for Jurisdiction 15 will discuss recent or impending Medicare changes affecting home health and hospice agencies. Participants will gain advanced knowledge about the most common reasons home health and hospice claims are rejected or returned and learn how to identify resources to assist in resolving these billing issues and errors. Time is allotted for Q & As during this session.

How to Deal with Current and Future Changes: The Home Health Regulatory Roundup

This program will be presented to inform attendees about the status of the current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations and policies that are of greatest concern to home health agencies. Hot topics will include: an update on the F2F requirement, medical review activities, proposed HHCoPs, Star Rating, ICD-10 coding, and the IMPACT Act.  During this session, an opportunity will be provided to attendees to discuss the challenges that they are facing.

How to Train Staff to Be Prepared for Documentation and the New HHCoPs

Clinical documentation can jeopardize or support payment. The new HHCoPs demand changes in documentation. This session will show you how to teach and prepare your clinicians for the changed requirements in documentation.

How to Mitigate Risk; Enforcement Trends in Home Health and Hospice

This program will discuss current federal and state enforcement trends in both the home health and hospice sectors. Understanding the focus of government enforcers helps providers know how to prioritize activities in their compliance programs in order to audit and monitor areas of high risk. The program will also explore compliance and risk mitigation steps that home health and hospice providers can take now to address these enforcement trends.

How to Stay Informed: A Panel Update on Medicaid

Medicaid is fast becoming the center of home care services for all age groups. At the same time, Medicaid home care is rapidly changing with innovations in home- and community-based care programs. NAHC’s Medicaid Action Council will offer information and opportunities to discuss the hottest Medicaid issues of the day.

How to Assimilate the Tools and Best Practices Derived from the Integrated Care Management Model to Meet the New HHCoPs

Home health agencies can position themselves to meet the proposed CMS Conditions of Participation (CoPs) by equipping staff with tools and competencies to deliver patient-centered, health-literate care. Presenters will review best practices that meet the intent of the new CoPs.

How to Develop New Models of Care for Medicaid Patients

In many states Medicaid programs are rapidly shifting to managed care, integrated and performance-based care models.  As home care providers struggle to provide quality services and support to Medicaid beneficiaries, care must be both clinically and economically appropriate.  Home care agencies must adapt to work outside of traditional fee for service models to develop technology-empowered and outcome-based programs that share risk and rewards with MCOs.  New options for home care agencies to work with State Medicaid Programs that are innovative, maintain patients safely in their communities and provide financial incentives for quality outcomes will be discussed.

For more information about the Legal & Regulatory track, please click here.




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