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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. 

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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.

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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

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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 element...it’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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Former President Bill Clinton

Annual Meeting Spotlight: Financial Education Sessions

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

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

How to Grow Revenue
Revenue growth is critical to agencies in today's health care environment. While reimbursement cuts have required agencies to reduce expenses, there are limits to the effectiveness of such reductions. Agencies must increase revenue to offset the reductions and continue adapting to the changes happening in the current market. This program contains information on a number of strategies developed by members of the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association Innovations Committee drawn from diverse home care operators.

How to Analyze and Contain Costs
Home care managers face the challenge of maintaining profitable operations while improving patient outcomes. This will require an understanding of all costs and how they relate to different reimbursement models. This program will equip you to better measure all costs of your operation and compare them to industry benchmarks.

How to Optimize Your Revenue Cycle in an Era of Value-Based Care
As value-based care reimbursement models continue to gain traction, provider organizations need to optimize their revenue cycle to reduce costs while providing quality care. Attendees will learn how to implement a combination of technology and process improvements to reduce denials, increase collections, and maximize financial performance in the new health care environment.

How to Prepare Your Hospice for the Revised Cost Reporting Requirements
This session describes the new hospice cost report. It will discuss the resulting need for changes in operations, data tracking, and the chart of accounts.

How to Successfully Avoid the Pitfalls When Growing a Business
This session will explain how to avoid possible pitfalls and show how to mitigate risks that may arise in a growing business. Companies can grow their business by building an organizational structure that can be scaled and taking an innovative sales approach that empowers all their employees to get involved in sales.

How to Improve Outcomes While Dealing with Reimbursement Cuts
With the third year of PPS cost rebasing around the corner, it remains very important for agencies to monitor costs while improving clinical outcomes. So agencies will have to make their operations more efficient to preserve margins. Meanwhile, on the clinical front, reporting measures call for agencies to focus heavily on reducing ACH rates. Effective episode management that uses best practice processes and triggers will be the key to success in both these areas.

How to Be Ready for Mergers and Acquisitions
What you now know about home health and hospice M&A may not be true any more. The valuation metrics have changed. The buyers are very different, and they're pursuing different strategies. It's decidedly not the same old, same old M&A market. In this session, we will explore how and why the market has changed, and what it might mean to you if you are a potential buyer, seller, or intend to sit it out.

How to Manage Compliance in the Revenue Cycle
This workshop will leverage the expertise of the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association committee devoted to billing operations and cash flow. It comes at a time of increased regulation as both Medicare and Medicaid give closer scrutiny to home health and hospice documentation and billing practices. Join this forum to share knowledge and experiences on effectively managing regulatory compliance throughout the revenue cycle.

How to Stay Informed: Financial Managers Open Forum
Once again, the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association presents its no holds-barred, open forum meeting to pull together all the crucial information presented in the financial management workshops, including legislative and regulatory developments, along with innovations in health care. This session will address any and all issues of interest to conference faculty and attendees. The insights are endless, the advice is free, and the experience is priceless. All are welcome to attend and get engaged!

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 Financial education track, please click here.

 

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