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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

Hospice CAHPS Notices and Reminders Posted Online

February 9, 2016 08:59 AM

Following are five notices recently posted to the CAHPS Hospice Survey webpage.  In particular, vendors and hospice providers should take note of the February 10 data submission deadline for CAHPS Hospice Surveys from Quarter 3 of 2015.

REMINDER: CAHPS Hospice Survey Quarter 3 2015 Data Submission Deadline is Wednesday, February 10:  The deadline for survey vendors to submit CAHPS Hospice Survey Quarter 3 2015 (patient deaths in July, August and September 2015) data is February 10, 2016. Survey vendors are responsible for successfully submitting files by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Following the submission of survey data to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Warehouse, an automated email will be sent to CAHPS Hospice Survey vendors advising if the uploaded file did not meet the established naming standards. If the uploaded file fails to meet the established naming standard, the file will not be processed. A correct file will need to be resubmitted prior to the deadline. Please note -- if the file has been sent with the correct naming standard, the survey vendor will not receive this email.

A series of edit checks will be applied to successfully submitted files. Survey vendors and hospices will receive an email indicating CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Submission Reports (containing results from the edits checks) are available for viewing in their respective folders in the CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Warehouse. Reports will be posted by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the next business day after submission by the survey vendor.

Hospice-specific FAQs Page Updated:  The Hospice-specific FAQs page has been updated to include an additional question: What reports are available to my hospice on the CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Warehouse? In addition, clarification to the following question has been added: How will my hospice access the CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Warehouse? To view these updates, please click here.

UPDATED: OMB Paperwork Reduction Act Language:  The OMB Paperwork Reduction Act language has been updated for the following CAHPS Hospice Survey translations: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Portuguese. To view or download the updated OMB Paperwork Reduction Act language, please click here.  The OMB Paperwork Reduction Act language can be found after the CAHPS Hospice Survey and cover letters.

UPDATED: English and Spanish Telephone Script:  The CAHPS Hospice Survey Telephone Script in English and Spanish has been updated. Details regarding the revisions can be found in the CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Assurance Guidelines V2.0 Technical Corrections and Clarifications document located on the Quality Assurance Guidelines page. To view or download a copy of the updated CAHPS Hospice Survey instruments, please click here.

January 2016 Technical Corrections and Clarifications to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Assurance Guidelines V2.0 Document has been Updated:  Additional items have been added to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Assurance Guidelines V2.0 Technical Corrections and Clarifications document. This document may be accessed by clicking  here . A list of the new technical corrections and clarifications included in this document can be found on the Quality Assurance Guidelines page; the list is also provided below:

  • Revised question numbers for OMB Paperwork Reduction Act language (Updated 1/29/2016)
  • Revised “Decedent Primary Diagnosis” description (Updated 1/29/2016)
  • Replaced XML File Specification V2.0 with V2.1 (Updated 1/11/2016)
  • Removed text from Spanish materials (Updated 12/18/15)
  • Added language to Speaking with Caregiver section of the Telephone Script (Updated 12/18/15)
  • Clarification on defining the term “de-identified” (Updated 12/01/2015)
  • Removed the acronym “HHS” from Introduction section of the Telephone Script (Updated 12/01/2015)
  • Revised Question 2 Introduction and revised Questions 41 and 46 of the Telephone Script (Updated 12/01/2015)
  • Reordered and revised the End section of the Telephone Script (Updated 12/01/2015)



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