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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: Management & Leadership Education Sessions

August 11, 2015 08:55 AM

Today, we highlight the Management & Leadership education track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition.

“The Management & Leadership education track will provide attendees with valuable information and strategies for home care and hospice agencies to run more effective and successful organizations,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

Here are the courses available under the Management & Leadership education track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition:

How to Use Lean Principles to Drive Organizational Excellence

This presentation will give practical examples of how to reduce waste in your system processes in order to focus on excellent operations and deliver high-quality care to clients. When well executed, lean principles can transform quality for the better and create a culture of continuous improvement. We will provide a template for leaders to implement lean management philosophy in assessing their current state, identifying areas where they need to reduce inefficiency, and ensuring their focus is on clients.

How to be Ready for Future Success: A Presidents’ Forum

Hear the predictions of nationally prominent presidents representing health systems, VNAs, and for-profit and publicly traded companies, along with a leading consulting firm. This provocative forum has been updated from the popular 2015 session. Faculty will debate diversification strategies, describe what success will look like in 2015 and 2016 and discuss the implementation of health care reform, cost reduction strategies, and much more.

How to Build a Case Management System that Leads to Success

Learn how to adopt a case management model driven by goals instead of the less effective task-oriented approach many agencies take. The keys to this successful model are planning care in a proactive way and having the multidisciplinary team collaborate throughout the entire episode. Taking these steps will boost productivity, outcomes, and the bottom line, besides increasing customer and employee satisfaction. It’s all simple when you know the secrets for implementing a case management system that works.

How to Communicate Organizational Change

Explore the theory and practice of organizational transformation and the leadership needed to make successful change. This presentation will describe the change process, needs assessment for innovation, SWOT analysis, and the short-term wins of successful organizational change.

How to Attract and Develop Clinicians and Leaders for Growth Oriented Post-Acute Services

Analysis and lessons learned over 30 years of program development experience will leave attendees with tools and resources to analyze the growth readiness of their leadership and clinical team. This presentation draws from clinical leaders who have implemented specialty programs across the nation. We will explore how establishing clinical benchmarks, measuring outcomes, developing clinicians, and building teams can benefit an agency.

How to Prepare for the Future of Complex Care Management

Health care delivery in the United States is changing at a rapid pace. Most providers realize the fee-for-service system will likely be completely replaced by a value-driven system in the near future. In keeping with this knowledge, health systems are experimenting with various models of care to find a model that will successfully address patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and overall cost of care. Many of these models highlight the value of post-acute care services. This session discusses the driving forces for change and depicts some of the emerging models of care, including a model developed in a mid-sized health care system in Illinois. The model presented is one that emphasizes communication and collaboration across providers on transitional care, longitudinal care planning, home care and home-based services, as well as full use of the continuum of care. The model focuses on complex and/or chronically ill patients at high risk for readmission, undesired outcomes, and increased costs.

How to Provide Home Care for Patients in Retirement Communities

Caring for patients in retirement communities involves developing a plan for managing the patients’ unique needs. It also depends on developing the unique provider partnerships associated with retirement communities.

How to Become a High Performing Leader

Your leadership skills may be the most important thing you bring to your employees and organization, so let’s take time to put effort into getting better! In the intense pressures of our days, it is often hard to look inward and see how our actions are affecting our organization. Outcomes need to be met and it takes effort to align all employees to these outcomes. Come away from this session with concrete tactics to improve your leadership skills and feel energized again. The best part of your job can be helping your employees develop in their roles and perform at an exceptional level!

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 Management & Leadership track, please click here.




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