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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: Clinical Education Sessions

August 13, 2015 09:32 AM

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

“The Clinical education track will help attendees improve patient care by providing information about implementing new models, partnerships and best practices,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

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

How to Work with Hospitals to Provide Better Care for Patients who have Joint Replacement Surgery

Discharging patients to their homes after elective joint replacement surgery (EJRS) has been shown to provide efficient clinical outcomes, as well as cost savings. In 2012, the Joint Replacement Center and Montefiore Home Care initiated a collaboration to increase the number of patients discharged home for rehab services. The goal of the collaboration was to decrease the length of hospital stay, improve pre-operative teaching, and reduce utilization of sub-acute services.

How to Integrate Behavioral Health Screening and Treatment Programs in Home Health Care

Mental health disorders are prevalent in older adults, especially those receiving home health services. Older adults are likely to receive help from a mental health specialist but home care agencies can assist in this process. We will describe a model for providing mental health services to a geriatric population within a home care agency. The program will demonstrate how this agency trained clinicians to screen for depression and other mental health issues while including a psychiatrist in the home care team.

How to Partner with Hospitals to Prevent Re-hospitalizations

Two organizations undertook a two-year journey to ensure the smooth post-acute transition of an identified population. The goal of their partnership was to ensure family involvement, patient and staff satisfaction, and quality outcomes. This was an experience that showed how a team can leave egos at the door to have an unprecedented experience of collaboration.

How to Demonstrate the Value of Therapy Services

The practice patterns of home health will need to change when therapy utilization is not a part of the case mix system. Be prepared to demonstrate the value of home health beyond the visit count.

How to Implement Centralized Coding: A Case Study

The year 2015 presents many challenges for home health agencies with new Face-to-Face guidelines, potential new conditions of participation, and implementation of ICD-10-CM. Outsourcing diagnosis coding is a viable option to help agencies manage day-to-day operations, reduce billing concerns and productivity implications, and stay ahead of the curve. This presentation will discuss the elements we learned as we progressed through the pilot at one location and additional lessons as more locations were included.

How to Meet the Challenges of Chronic Disease Management in Our New Health Care Environment

Attendees will be presented with a model of patient care that contrasts with traditional models by focusing on factors that patients can affect as they self-manage their chronic conditions. This partnership model draws on common behavior change theories to motivate patients. Health coaching interventions, specifically motivational interviewing, have been shown to improve patient outcomes and lead to better coordinated care.

How to Determine if Your Recent LUPA Patient is High Risk

Highly vulnerable patients are too often hidden from sight, leaving them at risk of rapid disease progression, injury, and death. Raising awareness of their plight, defining their characteristics, and responding with community-based care protocols advances the quality of care they receive through patient-centered, population health management.

How to Use Scope of Practice as a Guide for Nursing Practice Evaluation

This session will help agencies and their nurses achieve excellent home health nursing practice by using the American Nurses Association's Scope & Standards of Practice as a guide for practice and performance evaluation.

How to Structure and Standardize Nurse-led Transitional Home Visits Using Qualitative Input from Key Stakeholders

In 2013, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital introduced a nurse-led transitional home visit (THV) program. The program was designed to provide a THV to patients 24 to 72 hours after an acute-care hospitalization. The content of these visits was initially based on patients’ hospital discharge instructions, which varied by provider. Using stakeholder feedback, we sought to structure and standardize the THVs to ensure they were patient and family centered.

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 Clinical education track, please click here.




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