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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

NAHC to Broadcast Live Web Event: The Medicare Chronic Joint Replacement Program (CJR) — How Does It Affect Home Health Agencies?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern
February 29, 2016 09:45 AM

Starting April 1, 2016, the Medicare program institutes a gainsharing/risk payment model focused on complete hip and knee joint replacements performed in almost 800 hospitals in 67 service areas throughout the country. This new model affects all care provided to such patients for 90 days post-surgery, including home health services. If the total cost of care during this 90 day period is lower than the target rate established by CMS, the hospital will have the opportunity to share in the savings provided that the care meets certain quality metrics. However, beginning in the second year of the program, if the cost of care exceeds the target price, CMS will recoup the excess amount up to a certain level. The CJR program will be in effect for five years.

Are you ready for the latest health care delivery and payment innovation coming out of Medicare? The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will broadcast a Home Care & Hospice TV Network Live Web Event from 1-2 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March 9.

It is vital for home health agencies to understand the program and how it affects them. Hospitals are permitted to collaborate with certain types of providers, including home health agencies, SNFs, and physicians regarding the care of patients. Also, hospitals can share any bonus payments received with their provider collaborators while also sharing the financial risks for the costs of care in excess of the targets. Thus, hospitals will be seeking cost-effective quality downstream providers, including home health agencies, with which to partner to maximize their opportunity to receive additional payment for these savings and to minimize the risk of recoupments.

The session will:

  • Provide attendees with an understanding of the rule that establishes the program;
  • Describe the incentives for hospitals to collaborate with and refer to certain home health agencies;
  • Describe the waivers to the Anti-kickback and Stark rules that OIG and CMS have established to enable hospitals to provide gainsharing payments to downstream providers such as home health agencies;
  • Familiarize attendees with the opportunities and potential burdens presented by the CJR program; and
  • Enable attendees to understand the legal and practical requirements necessary for them to be collaborators with hospitals under the program to participate in additional payments or share risk

Presenter will be: Michael Cook, Esq.

Michael is a Partner and the Co-chair of the Health Care Group at the law firm of Liles Parker PLLC. Michael has more than 40 years of experience as a health care attorney in the regulatory, business and policy areas. He has lectured and published frequently on topics of interest to health care providers and has served on a number of industry and government task forces and commissions.


Webcast and Recording
Member:  FREE      Non-member:  $150.00

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No refunds are allowed after March 7, 2016. Until that date, a 25% administrative cancellation fee will be charged for all cancellations. All cancellations must be made in writing to


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