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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: Private Duty Education Sessions

August 18, 2015 08:53 AM

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

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

How to Solve New Challenges in Home Care

The last two years have brought in many regulatory changes. Some of those changes include the companionship, live-in, and white-collar exemptions. Others relate to contractor classification, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the increased number of audits by oversight bodies. To be in compliance, home care agencies must understand the new rules, and modify or change their current processes in accordance with the new demands. In addition, they would do well to anticipate other changes that may occur.

How to Recruit Successfully for Private Duty Care

To provide attendees with strategies, tools and resources for consideration in developing or enhancing their recruitment plan to ultimately attract, hire and retain qualified caregivers to meet the ever-increasing demands for care needs with minimal turnover and associated costs. Presentation includes discussion of the recruitment process, measurements for implementation to trend and monitor success, and the importance of sound retention tactics. 

How to Gain More Clients: Tips for Private Duty Owners and Case Managers

Are you an owner, a care manager, or a nurse supervisor at a private duty agency? If so, learn the five-step process to get access to care providers of potential clients and have them keep you in mind.

How to Develop Dementia Specialty Programming for Private Duty Agencies

This program gives you step-by-step instructions on implementing a cutting-edge dementia program. It will show you what technology, activities, and training can help your agency stand out and offer real expertise to this fast-growing population.

How to Stay Informed: The Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) Open Forum

Meet and talk with the PDHCA Advisory Board members at an open forum as we discuss exciting news on industry trends, the new NAHC Accreditation Process, the private duty community, and the current political climate, including the status of the federal companionship exemption and health care reform.

How to Unlock a Customer-Driven Growth Strategy for Your Private Duty Home Care Business

Client referrals are the #1 generator of revenue for private duty agencies, according to the 2015 Private Duty Benchmarking Study conducted by Home Care Pulse. Founder and CEO of Home Care Pulse will bring home the point by exploring strategies to help you unlock the power of referrals for your home care business. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of how to develop a customer-driven growth strategy and why it is the best way to ramp up their home care business.

How to Use Technology in Your Agency Now and in the Future

This interactive session will discuss the current technology available to home care agencies and how they can use it to be more efficient and productive. We will look at both external and internal pressures related to agencies’ use of technology and explore the future of integrated technology solutions.

How to Grow Your Sales in Private Duty

Learn how Cheryl Peltekis, RN, owner of a home health and hospice organization launched a sales team to save her organization. After years of hard work she finally got to a place where she could hire staff and not work every weekend. But in 2009, Cheryl's company had suffered three years of losses and she had to act fast to save her company. This is her journey of success. This mom of five knows how to run a team, and she created a culture of growth that increased her company's revenues by two million dollars

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 Private Duty education track, please click here.




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