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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

CMS Enters Cycle 2 for Provider Enrollment Revalidations

March 4, 2016 10:58 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) has completed the first cycle of revalidation requests for all Medicare providers and supplies and are now entering a regular cycle (Cycle 2) of provider enrollment revalidations.

CMS has posted a listof all currently enrolled providers and supplies which will include the revalidation date for each provider/supplier six months prior to their due date. All others will have a date of “TBD” until they reach six months prior to the date for revalidation. Due dates are established based on the date of the last successful revalidation or initial enrollment. For a durable medical equipment supplier that is 3 years and for all other providers/supplies it is 5 years. The due date will generally be on the last day of the month.

The list identifies billing providers/suppliers only that are required to revalidate. Providers enrolled solely to order, certify, and/or prescribe via the CMS-855O application or have opted out of Medicare, will not be required to revalidate and will not be reflected on the list.

The Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) will notify providers/suppliers 2-3 months prior to the revalidation due date, either by regular mail or e- mail. Revalidation notices sent via email will indicate URGENT: Medicare Provider Enrollment Revalidation Requestin the subject line to differentiate from other emails. If all of the emails addresses on file are returned as undeliverable, the MAC will send a paper revalidation notice to at least two reported addresses: correspondence, special payments and/or primary practice address. 

Providers /suppliers are responsible to revalidate by their due date even if they do not receive any correspondence from their MAC. Therefore, providers/suppliers are encouraged to keep track of their revalidation date and use the CMS revalidation list and tools.

If the provider/ supplier fails to revalidate by the due date, they will have an additional 60-75 days to submit their revalidation application before becoming deactivated. A critical aspect, however, in cycle 2 is that once a provider/supplier has been deactivated there will no longer be a 120 day grace period before there is a gap in coverage. A gap in coverage will occur from the date of deactivation until receipt date of the new full and complete application. In addition, provider/suppliers will not be issued a new PTAN when deactivated.

For home health agencies it is important to confirm that the ordering physician have an active enrollment record prior to accepting the referral. Since there is no longer a grace period before a gap in coverage occurs, retroactive billing privileges back to the period of deactivation will notbe granted. Home health claims will be denied if the physician listed on the claim has been deactivated as of the “from” date on claim.

For more information see MLN Matters Article SE1605

A National Provider Call was conducted on March. A transcript and audio recording of that call will be available in approximately two weeks here.




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