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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: Quality Education Sessions

August 20, 2015 10:03 AM

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

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

How Nursing Knowledge can make a Difference in Client Outcomes

The impact of nursing knowledge on clients’ outcome improvement scores is elusive. A study of nine home health agencies in Ohio was conducted to explain how these agencies use nursing knowledge to raise outcome improvement scores. The audience will be able to formulate ideas for using this information in staff development, new performance improvement processes, and clinical ladder projects. Understanding the effect of nursing knowledge on patient outcome scores can assist home health agencies in understanding how to support nurses in providing quality care.

How to Go Beyond “Safe” in Providing Home Therapy Assessments

The current focus on quality-based reimbursement means home health is in need of evidence-based practice resources. Standardizing home assessments will support OASIS accuracy, therapy utilization, and quality-improvement activities. This program will help agencies develop practice patterns that drive better clinical service utilization and decision making through improved analysis of assessment data.

How to Design a Quality Clinical Model that Drives Financial Outcomes

Achieve high-quality care and a positive bottom line. Implement a clinical management structure based on outcomes data and internal clinical protocols that ensure appropriate clinical staff oversight and timely outcome-driven remote case conferencing. Learn strategies for clinical and financial success, including a primary care clinical model and well-designed quality program integrated throughout your organization. This program identifies the roadmap to prepare for value-based purchasing.

How to Cut Down on Security Risks: What You Don't Know About HIPAA Security

The security side of HIPAA is not nearly as well understood as the privacy side. HIPAA requires providers to conduct an annual security risk assessment, but industry feedback indicates that many providers are not aware of this requirement and don’t know how to conduct a security risk assessment or act on any deficiencies it uncovers. Also, many providers mistakenly believe that an encrypted device allows them to have unprotected Internet service. As a result they are vulnerable to breaches and penalties. But you can cut your chance of risk if you attend this session. We will cover the security risk assessment requirements and how to conduct a security risk assessment, review common noncompliant practices in home health and hospice, and provide tips for addressing deficiencies.

How to Be Ready For QAPI Home Care

Proposed HHCoPs have QAPI as a condition. Quality Improvement is an important component of an agency, though many put it on the back burner, thinking that it is busy work. Despite this misconception, a Quality Improvement program can increase your quality and help you run an efficient organization with less risk. This session will discuss how to identify what you should monitor, along with how to compile, analyze, and trend. Most importantly, it will show you how to implement action plans. A great Quality Improvement program can be a simple one.

How to Understand and Utilize HHQI's Cardiovascular QAPI Plan

Come and learn innovative ways to incorporate the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign's free cardiovascular health improvement resources into your agency’s practice. Develop your agency's individualized cardiovascular health QAPI plan using HHQI's tools and resources.

How to Improve Outcomes Related to Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunization

Please join a national expert and a panel of HHQI representatives to see how your current influenza and pneumococcal immunization practices compare to national guidelines. HHQI will showcase free evidence-based resources to make a positive impact on the care you are delivering now.

How to Use Shared Governance for Quality/Process Improvement

Attendees will learn how a home care and hospice agency uses a shared governance approach in quality/process improvement to enhance process development/revision and create a culture that supports quality.

How to Make the Transition to ICD-10 without Hurting Your Bottom Line

ICD-10 is now the required coding system for use by all HIPAA-covered entities. If your agency submits claims to Medicare, you’re probably now beginning to realize that the switch from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM was more than just a code change. Every aspect of your operations has been affected. Maybe you’re seeing a significant drop in productivity among coders and clinicians. Perhaps you’re contending with delayed claims due to improper code selection, glitches in your software, or miscommunications between you, the provider, and your payer. Whatever the problem, this session will show you what you need to do now to minimize the impact of ICD-10 on your bottom line. Learn to bring productivity back to the levels you had before the advent of ICD-10.

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 Quality education track, please click here.




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