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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

Annual Meeting Spotlight: Marketing & Business Development Education Sessions

In coming weeks, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is running a series of articles highlighting the exciting education sessions available under the various education tracks at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition.
August 7, 2015 02:46 PM

The focus of today’s Annual Meeting Spotlight is the Marketing & Business Development education track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition.

“The Marketing & Business Development education track will provide the most effective strategies and practical steps available to improve marketing efforts and business decisions, so that agencies can implement them right away upon returning to the workplace,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris

Here are the high quality education sessions available under the Marketing & Business Development education track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition:

How to Power up Your Agency, Your Income, and Your Sales Team

Learn how to manage your sales team and never make a no-value sales call again. This program will provide you with the tools necessary to skyrocket your referrals and profits. We will demonstrate trigger questions to help referral sources identify patients who qualify and can benefit from the services your home health, hospice, or private duty organization can provide. Learn how to change your message when your audience changes.

How to Survive the Continuum Consolidation

Cost-saving measures in PPACA, ACOs, bundled payments, etc., are leading to more consolidation along the continuum of health care. This consolidation makes it very important to pursue strategic partnerships with acute-care and other long-term care providers. Based on the experience of one agency, this session will help providers prepare for consolidation by reviewing the legal, financial, and operational aspects of this relationship, as well as considerations for identifying partners.

How to Create Successful Programs through Payer / Provider Collaboration

Learn how the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, CA, collaborated with local health plans to transition their members into available home and community-based settings that support independent living.

How to Develop a Niche that Meets the Needs of a Looming Epidemic: Selling Services for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias

The increasing number of seniors in the United States, particularly the oldest old, means the number of new cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementias should double by 2050. Developing a niche program to meet the needs of this growing group can ensure agencies long-term revenue growth. Learn how to define market share potential, how to develop a niche program, and how to sell dementia services across the home care spectrum.

How to Make Home Care an Essential Part of an ACO

This session will address what home health and hospice can contribute to ACOs. While home health and hospice are not a core part of ACOs today, these health care services can provide the right care in the right place for many patients. This session will explore what could happen if home health and hospice providers were a more integral part of the health care continuum and describe strategies for measuring and marketing the value these services bring to the table.

How to Brand Your Agency: Communicating your Heart and Passion

Branding is the buzzword of business, including home care. So it’s important to know how to boost your brand in order to build recognition and recalls. Learn from a leading home care agency about the key components of branding. You’ll leave knowing what a brand is, how to impart it to your community, the importance of messaging, and how to develop systems that monitor your brand’s success.

How to Create Lasting Partnerships and a Meaningful Value Proposition with ACOs

ACOs represent the fastest-growing segment of the health care industry. Yet few home health and hospice executives are familiar with ACOs or have experience dealing with them. This session will discuss what ACOS are, how to work with them, and their impact on our industry — now and in the future. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to form partnerships with ACOs.

How to Improve the Customer Experience: The Keys to Improving Quality and Patient Safety

Learn the key factors leading to a superior customer experience. Then leverage this high level of customer satisfaction to improve quality of care and patient safety.

How to Operate a Competitive Private Duty Program in Your Home Care Agency

Home health agencies that have provided only traditional home health and may even be hospital based will learn how to develop a successful business model for opening and operating a private duty program that can compete with anyone in their market. The presenters have successfully accomplished this in a hospital home health department, a SNF-based agency, and a large, independent, not-for-profit home health agency.

About NAHC Annual Meeting Education Sessions

The 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting offers the greatest, most expansive, and largest number of education programs for home care and hospice. The education programs cover the latest information that home care and hospice providers need in order to prepare for changes and trends in the legal and regulatory environments. 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.

For more information about the Marketing & Business Development track, please click here.




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